Management

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Harvey Kanter - Chief Executive Officer

Harvey Kanter has served as our chief executive officer, president and director since March 30, 2012.  He has served as the chairman of the board of directors since January 1, 2014.  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 also serves on the board of directors for Potbelly Corporation, an international sandwich concept. He is also on the board of directors of Jewelers for Children, the industry's charity foundation; a board advisor for The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institutes ("Obliteride"); and on the board of directors of Seattle University's EMBALP graduate program. Mr. Kanter received his M.B.A. from Babson College and his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.

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David Binder - Executive Vice President, CFO & CAO

As Chief Financial Officer, David is charged with creating and certifying sound financial plans to grow Blue Nile, as well as preparing financial statements and communicating our strategy and results to shareholders. In his own words, “Not only are we building a successful global business, but we are also able to provide our customers a product that is a meaningful part of their lives in a better, smarter, and more transparent way. There are very few business opportunities like this one.” When not crunching numbers, David enjoys cooking, hiking, and the local music scene.

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Lauren Neiswender - General Counsel

As General Counsel, Lauren handles all legal matters for Blue Nile, and offers counsel to the Board of Directors and employees on topics, such as intellectual property, human resources, tax, marketing, privacy, and more. In her own words, “I love working with the various groups that make up Blue Nile and advising on the efforts that are revolutionizing the way consumers shop for diamonds and fine jewelry.” When not advising, Lauren takes advantage of all the Pacific Northwest has to offer with her husband and two children.

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Jon Sainsbury - President of International

As President of International, Jon is responsible for the growth and development of Blue Nile’s overseas business. As he says, "We’re a small team, and how we are able to deliver a tremendous amount of high impact work is one of the most unique and rewarding aspects of working at Blue Nile." Outside of work, Jon can be found on the golf course, taking his two kids to soccer games, and reading the occasional physics textbook.

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Julie Yoakum - Chief Merchandising Officer

High-quality diamond engagement rings, wedding bands, and fine jewelry is a hallmark of Blue Nile, and as Chief Merchandising Officer, Julie leads all product planning, development, sourcing, and buying to ensure Blue Nile’s assortment is second to none. As she puts it, “Blue Nile brings the best of both worlds; high-quality diamonds and fine jewelry presented in a transparent, customer-friendly way.” When not curating, Julie is an avid gardener, art collector, and gourmet cook.