Russell Goldsmith

Russell Goldsmith is an American attorney, businessman and banker. He serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of the City National Bank (NYSECYN).

Russell Goldsmith
EducationHarvard University
Harvard Law School
EmployerCity National Bank
Spouse(s)Karen Mack
Children3, including Brian Mack Goldsmith
Parent(s)Bram Goldsmith
Elaine (Maltz) Goldsmith
RelativesBenjamin N. Maltz (maternal grandfather)
Jerome D. Mack (father-in-law)

Early lifeEdit

Goldsmith graduated from Harvard University and received a J.D. from the Harvard Law School.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] His father, Bram Goldsmith, was chairman emeritus of City National Bank and his mother, Elaine (Maltz) Goldsmith, is a philanthropist.[7][8] His maternal grandfather, Benjamin N. Maltz (1901–1993), was a co-founder of City National Bank in 1954.


Goldsmith started his career as an attorney at Irell & Manella.[1][2][5][6] Later, he co-founded his own law firm, Sanders, Barnet & Goldsmith, which tackled entertainment litigations.[1][2][5][6]

From 1983 to 1985, Goldsmith served as the chief operating officer of Lorimar Television, a film production company.[2][5] From 1986 to 1994, he served as chairman and CEO of Republic Pictures, a formerly publicly traded company.[1][2][4][5] Moreover, from 1990 to 1994, he served as vice chairman of the San Diego Padres, a baseball sports team.[2]

Goldsmith has served on the board of directors of City National Bank since 1978.[1] He has served as the chairman and CEO of City National Bank since October 1995.[2][4][3][6][8] From 2008 to 2011, he served on the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; during that period of time, he also served as its vice president for two years.[1][2][3][5] He is also chair of the Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America.[1][5]

Goldsmith serves on the board of trustees of the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, the Bay Area Council and the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles as well as on the board of governors of the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School.[1][2][3] Additionally, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth and the Civic Alliance.[1][2][3][5] He also serves on the board of directors of Wynn Las Vegas and the Financial Services Roundtable.[2][5]

Political activityEdit

Goldsmith hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Goldsmith is married to Karen Mack, a producer and writer and the daughter of Las Vegas real estate developer Jerome D. Mack (1920–1998).[7][10][11] They have three children, including Brian Mack Goldsmith.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i City National Bank
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  3. ^ a b c d e USC Marshall
  4. ^ a b c Adam Bryant, What’s Your Story? Tell It, and You May Win a Prize, The New York Times, April 21, 2012
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Milken Institute
  6. ^ a b c d Pepperdine University
  7. ^ a b c Jay Weston, City National Bank -- A "Neighborhood" Bank for the World, The Huffington Post, 04/02/2013
  8. ^ a b E. Scott Reckard, City National's longtime chairman, Bram Goldsmith, steps down, The Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2013
  9. ^ Bradner, Eric; Merica, Dan; Zeleny, Jeff (January 6, 2016). "Hillary Clinton sets $50 million first-quarter fundraising goal". CNN. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Rosalie R. Radomsky, Claire Pasternack and Brian Goldsmith, The New York Times, August 27, 2010
  11. ^ a b Mimi Avins, All they ask is that you don't think pink, The Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2006