City National Bank has appointed John J. Beale executive vice president and chief information officer.

He had been acting CIO since December, when $4.7 billion-asset City National hired him from Cast Management Consultants to develop a technology plan.

Before that Mr. Beale consulted for other California-based institutions including Wells Fargo & Co., First Interstate Bancorp, and J.F. Ahmanson and Co.'s Home Savings of America.

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