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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Harvey Kanter

53 2013 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

David Binder

45 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Jonathan Sainsbury

36 2014 President - International

Lauren Neiswender

42 2010 General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Julie Yoakum

55 2012 Chief Merchandising Officer

Michael Potter

53 2014 Lead Independent Director

Christopher Bruzzo

46 2011 Independent Director

Scott Howe

48 2014 Independent Director

Leslie Lane

47 2014 Independent Director

Mindy Meads

63 2013 Independent Director

Mary Taylor

66 2011 Independent Director

Robert van Schoonenberg

67 2015 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.

David Binder

Mr. David Bradley Binder is the 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 President - International of Blue Nile Inc. He previously served as our vice president of marketing and head of strategy from February 2013 to April 2014, and our vice president of marketing from June 2008 to February 2013. He has also served in various other rules at the Company, including our senior marketing manager, search marketing manager, international program manager, and senior marketing analyst. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sainsbury was an associate consultant with Bain & Company, a management consulting firm.

Lauren Neiswender

Ms. Lauren Neiswender is the 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 the 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.

Michael Potter

Mr. Michael J. Potter is Lead Independent Director of Blue Nile Inc. From October 2011 to March 2012, Mr. Potter served as the chief operating officer of zulily, inc. (“zulily”), an Internet retailer of daily deals for moms and children. From June 2000 to June 2005, Mr. Potter served as chairman and chief executive officer of Big Lots, Inc. (“Big Lots”), a Fortune 500 retailer. Prior to serving as the 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 currently serves on the board of directors of zulily. Mr. Potter formerly served on the board of directors of Coldwater Creek, Inc., a triple channel retailer of women's apparel, gifts and accessories; 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

Christopher Bruzzo

Mr. Chris Bruzzo is an 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.

Scott Howe

Mr. Scott E. Howe is Independent Director of Blue Nile Inc. since January 2014. Mr. Howe has served as the chief executive officer, president, and a 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 and services. In 2010, he co-founded and served as interim chief executive officer and president of King of the Web, Inc., a company maintaining 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 serves on the board of directors of the Center for Medical Weight Loss and is a former director of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), an advertising busin

Leslie Lane

Mr. Leslie Lane is Independent Director of Blue Nile Inc. Mr. Lane has served as our lead independent director from February 2012 to January 2014. Mr. Lane has served as an operating partner at Altamont Capital Partners (“Altamont”), a private equity company, since May 2011. Since July 2013, he has served as the chief executive officer and director of one of Altamont’s portfolio companies, Dakine, Inc., an outdoor apparel and accessories company based in Oregon. From June 2010 to April 2011, Mr. Lane served as the vice president and managing director of the Nike Foundation at Nike, Inc. (“Nike”), a designer, marketer and distributor of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories. From October 2006 to June 2010, he served as vice president and general manager of Global Running for Nike. From March 2004 to October 2006, he served as 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, Mr. Lane was a consultant with Bain & Company, a management consultant firm. He holds an M.A. in Chemistry from Oxford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University

Mindy Meads

Ms. Mindy C. Meads is an 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.

Mary Taylor

Ms. Mary Alice Taylor is an 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.

Robert van Schoonenberg

Mr. Robert G. van Schoonenberg is Independent Director of Blue Nile Inc., since February 23, 2015. Mr. van Schoonenberg has served as the chairman and chief executive officer of BayPoint Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm since January 2008, and co-managing partner of AmeriCap Partners LLC, a growth capital investment firm since September 2010. From February 2008 until June 2010, Mr. van Schoonenberg was the chairman of the board of directors of Premiere Entertainment, LLC, a digital broadcast production company. For more than 27 years, Mr. van Schoonenberg served in various capacities at Avery Dennison Corporation, a Fortune 500 labeling, packaging materials, and solutions company, including serving as the executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary to the board of directors. Mr. van Schoonenberg currently serves on the board of directors of Ryland Group, Inc., a national home building company; Guidance Software, Inc., a digital forensics and cybersecurity company; and Live Media Group LLC, a multimedia company specializing in the production and delivery of live entertainment and music events to television, in-theatre, the Internet, and mobile devices. He formerly served on the board of directors of Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc., a manufacturer of nano-based products. Mr. van Schoonenberg received his J.D. degree from University of Michigan Law School, M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and undergraduate degree from Marquette University.

Nancy Shipp