LAS VEGAS, June 3, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) - City National Bank today announced that Dianne Merkey has joined its Private Banking and Wealth Management Services group as vice president and senior relationship manager. Merkey joins City National with more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry. (For an image of Merkey, go to

Merkey will be located at the bank's regional center in Summerlin at 10801 W. Charleston Boulevard near I-215. She will report to Robert Glaser, senior vice president and Nevada manager of Private Banking and Wealth Management Services.

Prior to joining City National, Merkey worked six years for US Bank in Las Vegas where she served as vice president and Private Banking relationship manager. She began working for US Bank after relocating to southern Nevada from the East Coast in 2002.

During her tenure in banking, Merkey has worked for a number of financial institutions in a variety of positions. She worked for Ridgefield Bank in Ridgefield, Connecticut, as vice president and business development officer. Merkey also served as vice president and private banking market executive for Summit Bank in New Haven, Connecticut. She spent some time with NSS Bank in Norwalk, Connecticut, and Fairfield First Bank & Trust Co., in Fairfield, Connecticut. Merkey began her banking career in 1975 as a mortgage officer with Northampton Institution for Savings in Northampton, Massachusetts.

"We are very pleased to have Dianne join our growing team of private bankers and wealth management personnel," said Glaser. "Dianne joins City National with the qualifications and experience that will make her highly successful with both existing and new client relationships. She will be a great asset to the bank."

Merkey is a graduate of the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Massachusetts, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work.

Merkey is actively involved in the Las Vegas community serving as a member or volunteer of several trade organizations and nonprofit groups. She is currently serving as a board member of the Animal Foundation (Lied Animal Shelter) and is a member of the organization's executive committee. She has also served as a volunteer for the Christmas in April redevelopment program with the City of Las Vegas and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Merkey has also been a member of various chamber organizations, including the Las Vegas and North Las Vegas Chambers of Commerce.

About City National

City National Bank is the wholly owned subsidiary of City National Corporation (NYSE:CYN). It is backed by $15.9 billion in total assets, and provides banking, investment and trust services through 62 offices, including 15 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada and New York City. The company and its eight majority-owned investment affiliates manage or administer nearly $56 billion in client investment assets, including $35.9 billion under direct management.

City National has nine branch offices in Nevada, including five in Las Vegas and one each in North Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Minden. The bank also has loan production offices in Reno and Stateline in South Lake Tahoe.

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