LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 20, 2006--City National Bank,California's Premier Private and Business Bank(R), announced todaythat Thomas A. Hill has joined the company as a vice president withthe Export Finance Group in the International Banking Servicesdivision.

Hill will be responsible for new business development andproviding product support for international calling officers andrelationship managers. He will administer export finance loanstructures and assist colleagues in delivering export finance productsto clients, particularly including programs backed by theExport-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).

Specifically, they include the Working Capital Guarantee Program,an asset-based credit facility that provides exporters with greateraccess to working capital needed to fulfill overseas orders, and theInternational Buyer Credit Program, medium- and long-term buyerfinancing that allows U.S. exporters to offer multi-year repaymentterms to their foreign buyers when financing is otherwise notavailable or there are no economically viable interest rates onshort-term financing.

Based in downtown Los Angeles, Hill will report to Tom Burr,senior vice president and manager of the International department'sExport Finance Group.

"Getting Tom on board is great news for our export clients," Burrsaid. "His credentials are tremendous and his expertise in exportfinance combined with our Ex-Im Bank products gives us the ability tobetter serve the growing number of clients who are coming to us with adesire to expand their markets internationally."

For the past six years, Hill was the president of Washington,D.C.-based Trade Finance Associates, which three years ago opened aLos Angeles office to provide structured export finance solutions,project financing and corporate debt advisory for middle-marketcompanies in Southern California. Previously, he was a vice presidentwith GMAC Commercial Finance, and a senior manager withThomson-CSF/Thales in Alexandria, Va., where he was responsible forarranging export finance solutions for more than a dozen of thecompany's U.S. subsidiaries.

Hill earned a bachelor's degree in economics and political sciencefrom Towson State University in Towson, Md., and a master's degree inbusiness and finance from Johns Hopkins University. He resides inHermosa Beach, Calif.

About City National

City National Corporation (NYSE:CYN) is a financial servicescompany with $14.6 billion in total assets. Its wholly ownedsubsidiary, City National Bank, provides banking, investment and trustservices through 55 offices, including 12 full-service regionalcenters, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area and NewYork City.

City National Bank's International Banking Services departmentserves businesses, professional firms, business managers and theirclients, and entrepreneurs through a range of international bankingservices, including trade financing, currency management, foreignexchange, foreign credit information, online foreign exchange andonline letters of credit.

For more information about City National, visit the company'sWebsite at cnb.com.

CONTACT: City National Bank
Daniel Minkoff, (213) 673-7631

SOURCE: City National Bank