SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 2, 2000--City National Bank(NYSE:CYN) today announced that Gordon Springer has joined itsDowntown San Francisco Office to serve as senior vicepresident/business development officer.

With more than 26 years' experience in commercial lending,Springer brings a strong background to City National's NorthernCalifornia business development team. He will oversee the delivery ofCity National's full range of business lending services and productsto small-to-mid-sized businesses, professionals and their firms,entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals in the Bay Area.

"Gordon's appointment reflects City National's ongoing efforts tostrengthen our presence in the Bay Area," said Bob Brant, executivevice president and Northern California regional manager. "He brings tous his robust background in commercial lending and strong reputationfor dedication to serving businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Weare extremely pleased to have Gordon join our Northern Californiateam."

Springer joins City National from Imperial Bank in NorthernCalifornia where for more than 13 years, as senior vice president andbusiness development officer, he oversaw the sales of all bankproducts and services for Imperial's Northern California operations.Springer has also held key positions at Union Bank and the FederalReserve Bank of San Francisco. He holds a bachelor of arts ineconomics from California State University, San Jose.

For more than four decades, City National has built a reputationfor understanding the unique financial services needs of businessesand individuals and for providing innovative financial solutions thatset the benchmark for business lending services.

Earlier this year, City National acquired San Francisco-based ThePacific Bank, N.A., and later announced the formation of a highlyexperienced private banking team located in San Francisco. Inaddition, City National last week announced the opening of a bankingoffice in Palo Alto, which focuses on private banking and technologyclients.

This continued growth within City National's Northern Californiaoffices reflects the bank's commitment to continue its strategicexpansion into Northern California. In a relatively short timeframe,City National Bank has established itself as a primary provider offinancial services and products to some of California's key industriesthat drive economic growth in Northern California.

About City National

City National Corp. is a publicly owned corporation with$8.7 billion in total assets whose stock is traded on the New YorkStock Exchange under the symbol "CYN." The corporation's wholly ownedsubsidiary, City National Bank, is California's premier private andbusiness bank, with 50 offices in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, SanBernardino, Ventura, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo and SantaClara counties.

In addition, the bank's trust and investment division, CityNational Investments, has $15.5 billion in assets under management oradministration. For more information about the corporation,visit its Web page at

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