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City National Hires Brandon Williams to Lead Private Client Services in New York

January 28, 2016

City National Hires Brandon Williams to Lead Private Client Services in New York

New York – City National Bank, America’s Premier Private and Business BankSM, announced today that Brandon Williams has joined the bank to lead and expand Private Client Services in New York.  

Based out of City National’s Park Avenue office, Williams will lead a team of private client services professionals and will be adding new colleagues in New York. Williams and his team provide advice and services in investment management, customized credit, depository and cash management, wealth planning and trust services to high-net-worth families, nonprofit organizations and professional services firms. He reports to Michael Pagano, division head of Private Client Services.  

With more than 20 years of extensive experience in a range of leadership roles, Williams has spent the past 14 years building and leading high-performing teams at TD Bank in New York. Most recently, Williams led TD's Wealth Management division in the U.S. and was responsible for Private Banking, Private and Institutional Trust, Investment Management and the Mass Affluent business segment. Williams also led the retail build-out of TD Bank (formerly Commerce Bank) in New York City and was the chief of staff to the chief executive officer and president.

“We are delighted to have found such an experienced leader to lead our East Coast Private Client expansion and accelerate our growth. Brandon brings a combination of breadth of experience, a track record of success, and a client-centric perspective that is uncommon.  That is a perfect fit for our firm,” said Pagano.  

“The City National team is collaborative and highly skilled with deep expertise and passion to serve all of our clients’ financial objectives and needs,” said Williams. “I am thrilled to be part of 

the leading premier private and business bank and look forward to working with the incredibly talented team as we grow our business.” 

Williams replaces Scott Witter who has been promoted to executive vice president. He heads City National’s branch and small business division and will relocate to Los Angeles. 

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About City National

With $35.6 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 75 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $59.4 billion in client investment assets.

City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the United States and 38 other countries. 

For more information about City National, visit the company’s website at