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Robert Iritani is executive vice president and manager of City National Bank's Specialty Banking Division. He assumed his current position in July 2006, and is a member of the bank's Executive Committee.
Mr. Iritani oversees a team of more than 120 banking professionals in the Structured Finance, Syndications, Capital Finance, International Banking and Trade Finance, Foreign Exchange, Interest Rate Risk Management, Healthcare, Franchise Finance, Mortgage Warehouse Lending and Municipal Finance departments. Under his leadership, Specialty Banking has become one of the bank's most successful divisions.
He also is the executive sponsor of City National's Multicultural Mentoring Program and the bank's Toastmasters International club, CityMasters.
Mr. Iritani began his banking career in 1980. He joined City National in 1998 as senior vice president and manager of the bank’s Corporate Banking department, which he founded. Prior to that, he was a senior vice president and commercial banking team leader at Sumitomo Bank of California.
Through the years Mr. Iritani has used his diverse banking experience to help middle-market and Fortune 500 companies develop financing strategies and manage their balance sheets. His expertise includes asset-based lending; commercial, corporate and international banking; energy and entertainment industry lending; mergers and acquisitions; private banking; structured finance; equipment leasing; and credit card financing.
He spent seven years at Wells Fargo Bank where he served in a variety of corporate, commercial and entertainment lending positions. As senior vice president in charge of that bank’s East Coast division, he managed a $6 billion portfolio concentrated primarily in mergers and acquisitions-related financing.
At Union Bank of California, he held commercial banking, private banking and leasing positions in Los Angeles following completion of that bank's executive management training program.
Mr. Iritani is a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade. He is a volunteer mentor with the Professional Mentorship Program at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mr. Iritani also serves as a Business Advisory councilmember of Pepperdine University's Seaver College and is a member of the Pepperdine Associates.
A resident of Orange County, Mr. Iritani earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Colorado.