People: Blue Nile Inc (NILE.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Harvey Kanter

52 2013 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

David Binder

43 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Jonathan Sainsbury

35 2013 Vice President - Marketing, Head of Strategy

Lauren Neiswender

41 2010 General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Julie Yoakum

54 2012 Chief Merchandising Officer

Leslie Lane

2012 Lead Independent Director

Chris Bruzzo

44 2011 Independent Director

Scott Howe

46 2014 Independent Director

Mindy Meads

62 2013 Independent Director

Michael Potter

52 2012 Independent Director

Steven Scheid

60 2007 Independent Director

Mary Taylor

64 2011 Independent Director

Nancy Shipp

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Harvey Kanter

Mr. Harvey S. Kanter is Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Nile, Inc. He served as the chief executive officer and president of Moosejaw Mountaineering and Backcountry Travel, Inc., a leading multi-channel retailer of premium outdoor apparel and gear from January 2009 to March 2012. From April 2003 to June 2008, Mr. Kanter served in various executive positions at Michaels Stores, Inc. (“Michaels”), a specialty retailer of arts and crafts, most recently serving as the executive vice president and managing director from March 2006 to June 2008. While at Michaels, Mr. Kanter also served as the president of Aaron Brothers, Inc., a division of Michaels, from April 2003 to March 2006. From October 1995 to March 2003, Mr. Kanter served in various management positions at Eddie Bauer, Inc. (“Eddie Bauer”), a premium outdoor retailer, including serving as the vice president and managing director of Eddie Bauer Home, a division of Eddie Bauer. Prior to Eddie Bauer, Mr. Kanter held positions at several other retailers, including Sears Roebuck Company, a multi-line retailer, and Broadway Stores, Inc. (known as Carter Hawley Hale Department Stores). Mr. Kanter holds a M.B.A from Babson College and a B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University. As our chief executive officer, Mr. Kanter brings to our board of directors critical insights into our strategic opportunities and into our day-to-day operations, organizational development, and structure.

David Binder

Mr. David Bradley Binder is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer of Blue Nile, Inc., since February 2014. From August 2011 to February 2014, he served as our chief financial officer. From January 2008 to July 2011, Mr. Binder served as chief financial officer and treasurer of Infospace, Inc., an online search and e-commerce company. From October 2004 to December 2007, Mr. Binder was the vice president of finance at Infospace. From November 2001 to October 2004, Mr. Binder was the senior director of business development at Drugstore.com, Inc., an online drugstore. Prior to Drugstore.com, Inc., Mr. Binder served as the director of financial planning and analysis at Edge2net Inc., a VOIP telecommunications provider; the director of finance at HomeGrocer.com, Inc., an e-commerce retailer; and the director of planning, strategy, and competitive analysis at AT&T Wireless, a wireless telecommunications business.

Jonathan Sainsbury

Mr. Jonathan Sainsbury is Vice President - Marketing, Head of Strategy of Blue Nile Inc. From January 2007 to June 2008, Mr. Sainsbury served as director of marketing and from September 2006 to January 2007, he served as ur senior marketing manager. From March 2006 to September 2006, Mr. Sainsbury served as search marketing manager and from October 2004 to March 2006, he served as international program manager. From September 2002 to October 2004, Mr. Sainsbury served as senior marketing analyst. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Sainsbury was an associate consultant with Bain & Company, a management consulting firm. Mr. Sainsbury holds a B.A. in Physics from Pomona College.

Lauren Neiswender

Ms. Lauren Neiswender is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of Blue Nile Inc. She has served as general counsel since October 2004 and has served as corporate secretary since February 2010. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Neiswender was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC. Ms. Neiswender holds a B.A. in Political Science from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Julie Yoakum

Ms. Julie Yoakum is Chief Merchandising Officer of Blue Nile, Inc. Prior to joining us, Ms. Yoakum served as account service director at Hornall Anderson, a branding, strategy, and interactive design agency, from March 2008 to June 2012. From October 1995 to June 2000, Ms. Yoakum worked in various roles at Eddie Bauer, Inc., a premium outdoor retailer, most recently serving as the executive vice president of merchandising, product development and sourcing from June 1997 to June 2000.

Leslie Lane

Mr. Leslie Lane is Lead Independent Director of Blue Nile Inc. Mr. Lane has served as our lead independent director since February 2012. Mr. Lane has served as an operating partner at Altamont Capital Partners, a private equity company, since May 2011. He served as the vice president and managing director of the Nike Foundation at Nike, Inc., a leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories, from June 2010 to April 2011. From October 2006 to June 2010, he served as vice president and general manager of Global Running for Nike, Inc. From March 2004 to October 2006, he served as the director of Nike Global Footwear finance and strategic planning and, from March 2003 to March 2004, he served as the director of Nike subsidiaries. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Lane held various positions at Roll International Corporation, a private holding company, including serving as the chief operating officer of PomWonderful LLC, the chief financial officer of Paramount Citrus, and the vice president of strategy of Roll International Corporation. From 1990 to 1998, Lane was a consultant with Bain & Company, a management consulting firm. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a M.A. in Chemistry from Oxford University. Mr. Lane is a member of our compensation committee and nominating and corporate governance committee. Mr. Lane has a strong background in building a customer-centric brand. His experience provides the board of directors with valuable insights into strategic branding and marketing opportunities both domestically and internationally. Further, Mr. Lane's deep financial expertise and experience is valuable to the board of directors. Mr. Lane's tenure on the board of directors, his brand expertise, and his independence make him exceptionally qualified to serve as our lead independent director.

Chris Bruzzo

Mr. Chris Bruzzo is Independent Director of Blue Nile Inc. Since June 2012, Mr. Bruzzo has served as the senior vice president of channel brand management at Starbucks Corporation, a specialty coffee retailer. From June 2011 until June 2012, he served as the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Seattle's Best Coffee, a subsidiary of Starbucks Corporation. From June 2008 to July 2011, he served as vice president of global advertising & digital marketing at Starbucks Corporation. From January 2008 to May 2008, Mr. Bruzzo served as the chief technology officer and interim chief information officer at Starbucks Corporation and from January 2007 to January 2008, he served as the vice president of digital strategy at Starbucks Corporation. From July 2006 to October 2006, Mr. Bruzzo served as the vice president of marketing and public relations at Amazon.com, Inc., an online retailer. From July 2003 to February 2006, Mr. Bruzzo served in various roles at Amazon.com, Inc., including vice president of strategic communications, content and initiatives. Prior to Amazon.com, Inc., Mr. Bruzzo was an assistant vice president at Regence Blue Shield, an insurance company. Mr. Bruzzo holds a B.A. in Political Studies from Whitworth College. Mr. Bruzzo is a member of our audit committee and compensation committee. Mr. Bruzzo has an extensive background in marketing and in building an iconic global brand. His expertise and perspective make him uniquely valuable to the board of directors as the company continues to expand its brand globally. Further, Mr. Bruzzo's extensive expertise in social media provides the board of directors with valuable insights into the most effective ways to interact with customers.

Scott Howe

Mr. Scott E. Howe has been appointed as Independent Director of Blue Nile Inc, effective January 1, 2014. Mr. Howe, age 45, has served as the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director of Acxiom Corporation, an enterprise data, analytics, and software-as-a-service company, since 2011. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Advertising Business at Microsoft Corporation, a provider of software, services and solutions. In 2010, he also co-founded and served as interim Chief Executive Officer and President of King of the Web, Inc., a portfolio of online game shows. From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Howe served as an executive and later as a corporate officer at aQuantive, Inc., a digital marketing services company. Prior to aQuantive, Inc., Mr. Howe was with The Boston Consulting Group and Kidder, Peabody & Company, Inc. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and he holds an MBA from Harvard University.

Mindy Meads

Ms. Mindy C. Meads is Independent Director of Blue Nile, Inc. Previously, Ms. Meads was Co-CEO of Aeropostale, where she reinvigorated the merchandise assortment and launched "P.S.", Aeropostale's Kid's Division. During her tenure, the company's revenue grew substantially and was recognized as one of The Fortune 100 Fastest Growing Companies. Prior to Aeropostale, Ms. Meads served as CEO and President of Victoria's Secret Direct. Before that, she held executive merchandising positions at Lands' End for 14 years, including CEO and President during her last two years. In these roles, she built the organization's global brand around quality, value, and service. Earlier in her career, Ms. Meads held a wide range of executive and operating roles at Sears, Gymboree, The Limited and Macy's. In addition to her corporate work, Ms. Meads sits on the Board of Governors of HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) and the Board of Trustees of the Masters School. She serves as an Advisor to LIM College in New York City, The Little Black Bag Accessory Company, and the Be Kind People Project. She is also a former Director of the Federal Reserve Board for the 7th District (Chicago) and a former director of the C200 Foundation, an invitation-only group of pre-eminent women leaders from around the world. Ms. Meads received a B.S. from the University of Illinois in 1974.

Michael Potter

Mr. Michael J. Potter is Independent Director of Blue Nile Inc. Mr. Potter served as chairman and chief executive officer of Big Lots, Inc., a Fortune 500 retailer, from June 2000 to June 2005. Prior to serving as chief executive officer, Mr. Potter served in various capacities at Big Lots, including the role of chief financial officer. Prior to Big Lots, Mr. Potter held various positions at The Limited, Inc., May Department Stores, and Meier & Frank, all retail companies. Mr. Potter has served on the board of directors at Zulily, Inc., a private-sale shopping site for moms and children, since March 2011 and served as the chief operating officer at Zulily from October 2011 until March 2012. Mr. Potter currently serves on the board of directors of Coldwater Creek, Inc., a triple channel retailer of women's apparel, gifts and accessories. Mr. Potter formerly served on the board of directors of Newegg, Inc., an online-only retailer specializing in high-tech products, and Big Lots. Mr. Potter holds an M.B.A. from Capital University in Ohio and a B.S. in Finance and Management from the University of Oregon. Mr. Potter currently serves on our audit committee, compensation committee, and nominating and corporate governance committee. Mr. Potter served on our compensation committee from December 2008 to January 2012, he came off the compensation committee between February 2012 and April 2012 and was reappointed in May 2012. Mr. Potter brings a wealth of retail experience to the board of directors. His prior experience as a Chairman, chief executive officer and director of a Fortune 500 retailer provide the board of directors with valuable leadership skills, strategic planning and corporate governance skills. In addition his prior experience as a chief operating officer for an internet retailer as well as a chief financial officer for a Fortune 500 retailer, provides valuable operational, e-commerce and financial expertise to the company.

Steven Scheid

Mr. Steven L. Scheid is Independent Director of Blue Nile Inc. From December 2002 until April 2012, Mr. Scheid served on the Board of Directors of Janus Capital Group, Inc., an asset management company (“Janus Capital”), and served as the Chairman of Janus Capital from January 2004 until April 2012. From April 2004 until December 2005, Mr. Scheid also served as the chief executive officer of Janus Capital. Mr. Scheid served as vice chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation ("Schwab") and president of Schwab's retail group from 2000 to 2002. Prior thereto, Mr. Scheid headed Schwab's financial products and services group and was the firm's Chief Financial Officer from 1996 through 1999. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Scheid served on the Federal Advisory Council, which provides oversight to the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. Mr. Scheid served as a founding partner of Strategic Execution Group, LLC, a consulting firm, from April 2007 until December 31, 2012. Mr. Scheid serves on the board of directors of NMI, Inc., an insurance company, and formerly served on the board of directors of PMI Group, Inc., an international provider of credit enhancement products and Autodesk, Inc., a design software company. Mr. Scheid holds a B.S. in Accounting from Michigan State University. Mr. Scheid serves as the chair of our compensation committee. Mr. Scheid has a deep expertise in finance, retail strategies, risk management, and investment services. During his career, he has supervised the human resources departments at three different organizations. Mr. Scheid provides the board of directors with valuable executive leadership experience and has a deep understanding of and tremendous experience with executive compensation packages making him an exceptionally valuable and effective director and compensation committee chair.

Mary Taylor

Ms. Mary Alice Taylor is Independent Director of Blue Nile Inc. Ms. Taylor has been an independent business executive since October 2000. She held a temporary assignment as chairman and chief executive officer of Webvan Group, Inc., an e-commerce company, from July 2001 to December 2001. Prior to that, she served as chairman and chief executive officer of HomeGrocer.com, an e-commerce company, from September 1999 until she completed a sale of the company to Webvan Group, Inc. in October 2000. From January 1997 to September 1999, Ms. Taylor served as corporate executive vice president of Worldwide Operations and Technology for Citigroup, Inc., a financial services organization. Ms. Taylor also served as a senior vice president of Federal Express Corporation, a delivery services company, from September 1991 until December 1996. Ms. Taylor serves on the board of directors of Allstate Corporation, an insurance company. Ms. Taylor formerly served on the board of directors of Autodesk Inc., a design software company, and Sabre Holdings, an Internet travel services company. Ms. Taylor holds a B.S. in Finance from Mississippi State University. Ms. Taylor served as our lead independent director from May 2004 through February 2011. Ms. Taylor is the chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee. She also serves as a member of our audit committee and has been designated by our board of directors as an audit committee financial expert. Ms. Taylor is a seasoned business leader and director. Her executive leadership experience, including her role as chief executive officer, provides the board of directors with valuable operational, financial, and executive leadership skills. Her tenure and in-depth knowledge about our business make her exceptionally well qualified to serve as our director, nominating and corporate governance committee chair.

Nancy Shipp

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