People: Blue Nile Inc (NILE.O)
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.
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