People: Blue Nile Inc (NILE.O)
19 Dec 2014
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.
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