Steven J. Bash is a senior vice president and manager of City National Bank’s International Banking and Trade Finance division. He oversees the bank’s trade finance and supply chain programs, trade services, international credit and portfolio management, risk mitigation and distribution and global correspondent banking.
Before joining City National in 2009, Mr. Bash managed Wells Fargo Bank’s Global Financial Institutions and Overseas Client Management Group in San Francisco. From 1995 through 2005, he was a managing director at Wachovia Bank, where he held a variety of leadership roles in its global financial institutions, global government banking, and trade finance units.
Mr. Bash began his banking career at Philadelphia National Bank. From 1989 to 1992, he was stationed in Hong Kong, where he opened a branch office and established the first letter of credit outsourcing platform in the international trade banking industry.
In 2017, he was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council, a nonpartisan group of experts who advise the Department of Commerce in identifying ways to grow access to finance for U.S. exporters, specifically small- and medium-sized enterprises. He also serves on the board of advisors of the World Trade Center Los Angeles, an organization focused on creating jobs through direct foreign investment in Los Angeles County. He is a past president of the Bankers Association of Finance and Trade (BAFT), an industry advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.
A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Mr. Bash earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and an M.B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.