City National Bank, Beverly Hills, has hired Robert H. Brant as executive vice president of commercial banking for downtown Los Angeles and for Orange, and San Diego counties.

Also named to the executive committee, Mr. Brant is responsible for expanding City National's business presence in those areas.

Mr. Brant was senior vice president of commercial banking at Union Bank of California, specializing in middle-market lending. His responsibilities were in Orange County, the Inland Empire, and some sectors of Los Angeles.

City National Bank is the principal subsidiary of City National Corp.

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