1st Century Bancshares, Inc. Announces William Warren Brien M.D. Elected to Board of Directors

Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:10pm EDT

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  LOS ANGELES, CA, Jun 22 (Marketwire) -- 
1st Century Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ: FCTY), the holding
company of 1st Century Bank, N.A. (the "Bank"), announced today that
William Warren Brien, M.D. has been elected to its Board of Directors. 

    Dr. Brien received his medical degree from the University of California,
Los Angeles, and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the
Los Angeles County/USC School of Medicine. A lifelong Beverly Hills
resident, Dr. Brien is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of
Surgery, director of the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center and past Chief
of Staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He joined the Cedars-Sinai
medical team in 1991. Dr. Brien currently serves on the California
Orthopaedic Association Board of Directors, is a member of the American
Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and most recently completed his term as
Commissioner of the California Health Policy and Data Advisory Commission.

    "Dr. Brien is a welcome addition to our current Board of Directors
roster," said Chairman of the Board, Alan I. Rothenberg. "He encompasses
the character of our Management and current Board members as he is deeply
rooted and actively involved in the very community we work and live in." 

    He was elected to the Beverly Hills City Council in 2009 and is currently
serving as Mayor. Prior to being elected to the council, he served on the
Recreation and Parks Commission and the Beverly Hills Board of Education.

    He was president of the Beverly Hills Board of Education from 1999 to
2003. In 1998, he was appointed to the Recreation and Parks Commission,
later serving as the vice chairperson. He also has served as president of
the Beverly Hills Little League and the Beverly Hills Optimist Club. He
was an assistant commissioner for AYSO Region 76, a member of the
Southern California chapter of the Arthritis Foundation's board of
directors, and is active in the United Jewish Fund. 

    He and his wife have four children who attended Beverly Hills schools.

    About 1st Century Bancshares, Inc.

    1st Century Bancshares, Inc. is a publicly owned company traded on the
NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "FCTY." The Company's wholly-owned
subsidiary, 1st Century Bank, N.A., is headquartered in the Century City
area of Los Angeles, with a full service business bank in Century City,
CA and a relationship office in Santa Monica, CA. The Bank's primary
focus is serving the specific banking needs of entrepreneurs,
professionals and small businesses with the personal service of a
traditional community bank, while offering the technologies of a big
money center bank. The Company maintains a website at www.1cbank.com. By
including the foregoing website address link, the Company does not intend
to and shall not be deemed to incorporate by reference any material
contained therein.


Contact Information:

Alan I. Rothenberg
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (310) 270-9501

Jason P. DiNapoli
President/Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (310) 270-9505 

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