Harvey Kanter, has served as our chief executive officer, president and director since March 30, 2012. 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, 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), a department store. Mr. Kanter holds a M.B.A from Babson College and a B.S. from Arizona State University.
Chief Financial Officer
David Binder has served as our Chief Financial Officer since August 2011. Mr. Binder joins Blue Nile from Infospace, Inc., an online search and e-commerce company, where he has served as its Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since January 2008. 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, 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. Mr. Binder holds a Masters degree in Economics and Finance and a B.A. degree in Economics from Brandeis University.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Dwight Gaston has served as Blue Nile's Senior Vice President of Operations since September 2005. From July 2003 to March 2005, Mr. Gaston served as Vice President of Operations, and from May 1999 to July 2003, Mr. Gaston served as Blue Nile's Director of Fulfillment Operations. From June 1992 to June 1995 and from August 1997 to May 1999, Mr. Gaston was a consultant with Bain & Company, a management consulting firm. Mr. Gaston holds a B.A. in Economics from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Lauren Neiswender has served as the Company's General Counsel since October 2004 and has served as the Company's Corporate Secretary since February 2010. Prior to Blue Nile, Ms. Neiswender was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC. Ms. Neiswender holds B.A. in Political Science from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Vice President and Head of Strategy
Jon Sainsbury has served as Blue Nile's Vice President and Head of Strategy since June 2008. From January 2007 to June 2008, Mr. Sainsbury served as Blue Nile's Director of Marketing and from September 2006 to January 2007, he served as Blue Nile's Senior Marketing Manager. From March 2006 to September 2006, Mr. Sainsbury served as Blue Nile's Search Marketing Manager and from October 2004 to March 2006, he served as Blue Nile's International Program Manager. From September 2002 to October 2004, Mr. Sainsbury served as Blue Nile's Senior Marketing Analyst. Prior to Blue Nile, Mr. Sainsbury was an associate consultant with Bain & Company, a management consulting firm. Mr. Sainsbury holds a B.A. in Physics from Pomona College.
Chief Merchandising Officer
Julie Yoakum has served as Blue Nile’s Chief Merchandising Officer since June 2012. Prior to joining Blue Nile, Ms. Yoakum served as Account Service Director at Hornall Anderson, a branding, strategy, and interactive design agency based in Seattle 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. Ms. Yoakum earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Oregon.