PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 12, 2001--City NationalBank (NYSE:CYN) today announced the appointment of Jeanette Garrettyas senior vice president and manager of its Palo Alto Private Bankingoffice.

Garretty, a 22-year banking industry veteran, will spearhead CityNational's private banking expansion efforts in the Silicon Valley andon the Peninsula, targeting the asset management and credit needs ofthe region's most affluent individuals and successful entrepreneurs.Garretty most recently served as senior vice president and team leaderof Bank of America's Silicon Valley Private Bank office.

"Jeanette's extensive private banking industry service, herimpressive reputation as an economist and market analyst, and herpassion for providing high-touch personal client service made her theperfect choice to head our Palo Alto Private Banking team," saidRobert Brant, executive vice president, Northern California region."As a lifelong resident of this region, Jeanette is widely regardedthroughout the professional and business communities as an authorityon the unique financial needs of affluent individuals."

Garretty added, "While City National is a relative newcomer tothis area, its relationship model of superior asset management, smart,customized credit facilities, leading-edge personal banking technologyand responsive, innovative and entrepreneurial senior management teammade this an exciting professional and personal opportunity for me. Ilook forward to sharing 'The City National Difference' with thiscommunity I know so well."

In addition to its Palo Alto office, City National Bank alsooffers premier private banking-related services through each of itsother eight regional headquarters, from San Diego to San Francisco.

As head of Bank of America's private banking team in Menlo Park,Garretty was responsible for designing and implementing a new privatebanking service model for the organization. Prior to that position,Garretty served as head of Industry Analysis for Bank of America. Shehas also served on the economics department faculty at Santa ClaraUniversity and as a visiting professor at Stanford University.

Garretty, a resident of Redwood City, is an active member of hercommunity, serving as a member of the Santa Clara University Board ofRegents, as a provisional member of the GrandView League (which servesas primary fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in the SiliconValley), and as a board member of Catholic Charities of SiliconValley.

In addition to her professional activities, Garretty participatesin the Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students (BASES).

About City National

City National Corporation is a publicly owned corporation with$9.1 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(SM).

City National Bank, which provides banking, trust and investmentservices, has 48 California offices located throughout Los Angeles,Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, SanMateo, Santa Clara and Ventura counties.

City National Bank and its affiliates, which include City NationalInvestments, the bank's trust and investment division, haveapproximately $18 billion in assets under administration, whichincludes $6.7 billion in assets under management. For more informationabout the corporation visit the company's Web page at

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