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Blue Nile University is a public university located in Damazeen, Sudan.It was established in 1995.It is a member of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World. Wikipedia.

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News Article | July 17, 2017
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SEATTLE, July 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading online jeweler Blue Nile announced today that it will open its sixth Webroom in the Mall at Rockingham Park this coming fall. The mall, located in Salem, New Hampshire, is another location where Blue Nile will create a retail experience that brings the best parts of online shopping to life in a physical space. The reimagined retail concept can be found at Washington Square mall in Portland, Oregon; Roosevelt Field mall in Long Island, New York; The Westchester mall, in White Plains, New York; Tysons Corner Center mall in Fairfax County, Virginia; and Bellevue Square in Bellevue, Washington. “The Webroom experience will offer people in the Boston metro area a new way to shop for the symbols of life’s celebrations, including diamonds, engagement rings, and fine jewelry,” said Chief Executive Officer Jason Goldberger. “Now, customers can see, touch, and feel our engagement rings while taking advantage of Blue Nile’s superior online selection and prices.” Unlike traditional jewelry stores, Webrooms are low-overhead installations that create a hybrid online/offline shopping experience and allow shoppers to try on an assortment of engagement rings, view more than 400 pieces of jewelry from every angle, and get pressure-free advice from non-commissioned consultants. In addition, shoppers can access an online catalog of 150,000 independently-graded diamonds from in-store tablets. All transactions continue to happen online via in-store tablets or the customer can choose to order at a later time on their own smartphone, PC, or tablet, through Blue Nile’s website at www.bluenile.com. About Blue Nile, Inc. Blue Nile, Inc. is a leading online jeweler. The company offers a smarter way to buy engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry by providing in-depth educational materials and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. Blue Nile has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently-graded diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at www.bluenile.com and in its Webrooms in Long Island, New York, White Plains, New York, Portland, Oregon, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington.


News Article | June 8, 2017
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Experienced merchandising and digital executive tapped to lead next phase of growth Harvey Kanter to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors SEATTLE, June 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Nile, a leading retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, today announced the appointment of seasoned merchandising and digital executive Jason Goldberger as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, June 12, 2017. Goldberger succeeds Harvey Kanter, who will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and continue to play an important role in the strategic direction of the company. Goldberger brings to Blue Nile more than 20 years of executive leadership in merchandising, digital innovation, marketing, and product management across leading online retail organizations including Target, Gilt Groupe, Hayneedle, and Amazon. He mostly recently served as Chief Digital Officer and President of Target.com, where he was responsible for digital strategy and execution. “Blue Nile has offered customers unsurpassed value in an easy, intuitive shopping experience for nearly 20 years. I am truly excited to lead the company in deepening our relationship with customers to accelerate the growth of our business,” said Goldberger. “We will continue to build on our leadership position to drive profitable growth through enhanced marketing, investments in the user experience, improved sourcing, and a continued focus on offering the most compelling diamond and fine jewelry assortment in the world.” “As the Board and I discussed succession planning, we agreed this is the right time to bring in a new CEO to lead the company’s next phase of growth,” said Kanter. “Jason is an experienced leader with deep ecommerce experience who will work closely with the team to innovate, secure, and further our position as the smartest, easiest, and most pressure-free way for consumers to buy a diamond. I look forward to working with him as Blue Nile continues to create superior customer experiences.” “Jason has the experience and leadership capability to work with the team to continue to transform the consumer experience of purchasing diamonds and fine jewelry online,” said David Humphrey, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “We thank Harvey for his strategic vision and look forward to his continued contributions to the success of the business.” “We are investing strategically to expand and improve Blue Nile’s ecommerce platform, which is critical to grow and reach more consumers,” said Ryan Cotton, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “As online jewelry research increases over time, more-informed consumers will appreciate Blue Nile’s unique value proposition.” Goldberger, age 45, is a graduate of Colby College, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of American Family Insurance. About Blue Nile, Inc. Blue Nile, Inc. is a leading online jeweler. The company offers a smarter way to buy engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry by providing in-depth educational materials and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. Blue Nile has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently-graded diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at www.bluenile.com and in its Webrooms in Long Island, New York, White Plains, New York, Portland, Oregon, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington.


News Article | June 8, 2017
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Experienced merchandising and digital executive tapped to lead next phase of growth Harvey Kanter to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors SEATTLE, June 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Nile, a leading retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, today announced the appointment of seasoned merchandising and digital executive Jason Goldberger as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, June 12, 2017. Goldberger succeeds Harvey Kanter, who will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and continue to play an important role in the strategic direction of the company. Goldberger brings to Blue Nile more than 20 years of executive leadership in merchandising, digital innovation, marketing, and product management across leading online retail organizations including Target, Gilt Groupe, Hayneedle, and Amazon. He mostly recently served as Chief Digital Officer and President of Target.com, where he was responsible for digital strategy and execution. “Blue Nile has offered customers unsurpassed value in an easy, intuitive shopping experience for nearly 20 years. I am truly excited to lead the company in deepening our relationship with customers to accelerate the growth of our business,” said Goldberger. “We will continue to build on our leadership position to drive profitable growth through enhanced marketing, investments in the user experience, improved sourcing, and a continued focus on offering the most compelling diamond and fine jewelry assortment in the world.” “As the Board and I discussed succession planning, we agreed this is the right time to bring in a new CEO to lead the company’s next phase of growth,” said Kanter. “Jason is an experienced leader with deep ecommerce experience who will work closely with the team to innovate, secure, and further our position as the smartest, easiest, and most pressure-free way for consumers to buy a diamond. I look forward to working with him as Blue Nile continues to create superior customer experiences.” “Jason has the experience and leadership capability to work with the team to continue to transform the consumer experience of purchasing diamonds and fine jewelry online,” said David Humphrey, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “We thank Harvey for his strategic vision and look forward to his continued contributions to the success of the business.” “We are investing strategically to expand and improve Blue Nile’s ecommerce platform, which is critical to grow and reach more consumers,” said Ryan Cotton, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “As online jewelry research increases over time, more-informed consumers will appreciate Blue Nile’s unique value proposition.” Goldberger, age 45, is a graduate of Colby College, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of American Family Insurance. About Blue Nile, Inc. Blue Nile, Inc. is a leading online jeweler. The company offers a smarter way to buy engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry by providing in-depth educational materials and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. Blue Nile has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently-graded diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at www.bluenile.com and in its Webrooms in Long Island, New York, White Plains, New York, Portland, Oregon, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington.


News Article | June 8, 2017
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Experienced merchandising and digital executive tapped to lead next phase of growth Harvey Kanter to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors SEATTLE, June 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Nile, a leading retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, today announced the appointment of seasoned merchandising and digital executive Jason Goldberger as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, June 12, 2017. Goldberger succeeds Harvey Kanter, who will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and continue to play an important role in the strategic direction of the company. Goldberger brings to Blue Nile more than 20 years of executive leadership in merchandising, digital innovation, marketing, and product management across leading online retail organizations including Target, Gilt Groupe, Hayneedle, and Amazon. He mostly recently served as Chief Digital Officer and President of Target.com, where he was responsible for digital strategy and execution. “Blue Nile has offered customers unsurpassed value in an easy, intuitive shopping experience for nearly 20 years. I am truly excited to lead the company in deepening our relationship with customers to accelerate the growth of our business,” said Goldberger. “We will continue to build on our leadership position to drive profitable growth through enhanced marketing, investments in the user experience, improved sourcing, and a continued focus on offering the most compelling diamond and fine jewelry assortment in the world.” “As the Board and I discussed succession planning, we agreed this is the right time to bring in a new CEO to lead the company’s next phase of growth,” said Kanter. “Jason is an experienced leader with deep ecommerce experience who will work closely with the team to innovate, secure, and further our position as the smartest, easiest, and most pressure-free way for consumers to buy a diamond. I look forward to working with him as Blue Nile continues to create superior customer experiences.” “Jason has the experience and leadership capability to work with the team to continue to transform the consumer experience of purchasing diamonds and fine jewelry online,” said David Humphrey, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “We thank Harvey for his strategic vision and look forward to his continued contributions to the success of the business.” “We are investing strategically to expand and improve Blue Nile’s ecommerce platform, which is critical to grow and reach more consumers,” said Ryan Cotton, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “As online jewelry research increases over time, more-informed consumers will appreciate Blue Nile’s unique value proposition.” Goldberger, age 45, is a graduate of Colby College, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of American Family Insurance. About Blue Nile, Inc. Blue Nile, Inc. is a leading online jeweler. The company offers a smarter way to buy engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry by providing in-depth educational materials and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. Blue Nile has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently-graded diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at www.bluenile.com and in its Webrooms in Long Island, New York, White Plains, New York, Portland, Oregon, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington.


News Article | June 8, 2017
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Experienced merchandising and digital executive tapped to lead next phase of growth Harvey Kanter to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors SEATTLE, June 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Nile, a leading retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, today announced the appointment of seasoned merchandising and digital executive Jason Goldberger as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, June 12, 2017. Goldberger succeeds Harvey Kanter, who will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and continue to play an important role in the strategic direction of the company. Goldberger brings to Blue Nile more than 20 years of executive leadership in merchandising, digital innovation, marketing, and product management across leading online retail organizations including Target, Gilt Groupe, Hayneedle, and Amazon. He mostly recently served as Chief Digital Officer and President of Target.com, where he was responsible for digital strategy and execution. “Blue Nile has offered customers unsurpassed value in an easy, intuitive shopping experience for nearly 20 years. I am truly excited to lead the company in deepening our relationship with customers to accelerate the growth of our business,” said Goldberger. “We will continue to build on our leadership position to drive profitable growth through enhanced marketing, investments in the user experience, improved sourcing, and a continued focus on offering the most compelling diamond and fine jewelry assortment in the world.” “As the Board and I discussed succession planning, we agreed this is the right time to bring in a new CEO to lead the company’s next phase of growth,” said Kanter. “Jason is an experienced leader with deep ecommerce experience who will work closely with the team to innovate, secure, and further our position as the smartest, easiest, and most pressure-free way for consumers to buy a diamond. I look forward to working with him as Blue Nile continues to create superior customer experiences.” “Jason has the experience and leadership capability to work with the team to continue to transform the consumer experience of purchasing diamonds and fine jewelry online,” said David Humphrey, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “We thank Harvey for his strategic vision and look forward to his continued contributions to the success of the business.” “We are investing strategically to expand and improve Blue Nile’s ecommerce platform, which is critical to grow and reach more consumers,” said Ryan Cotton, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “As online jewelry research increases over time, more-informed consumers will appreciate Blue Nile’s unique value proposition.” Goldberger, age 45, is a graduate of Colby College, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of American Family Insurance. About Blue Nile, Inc. Blue Nile, Inc. is a leading online jeweler. The company offers a smarter way to buy engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry by providing in-depth educational materials and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. Blue Nile has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently-graded diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at www.bluenile.com and in its Webrooms in Long Island, New York, White Plains, New York, Portland, Oregon, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington.


News Article | June 8, 2017
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Experienced merchandising and digital executive tapped to lead next phase of growth Harvey Kanter to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors SEATTLE, June 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Nile, a leading retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, today announced the appointment of seasoned merchandising and digital executive Jason Goldberger as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, June 12, 2017. Goldberger succeeds Harvey Kanter, who will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and continue to play an important role in the strategic direction of the company. Goldberger brings to Blue Nile more than 20 years of executive leadership in merchandising, digital innovation, marketing, and product management across leading online retail organizations including Target, Gilt Groupe, Hayneedle, and Amazon. He mostly recently served as Chief Digital Officer and President of Target.com, where he was responsible for digital strategy and execution. “Blue Nile has offered customers unsurpassed value in an easy, intuitive shopping experience for nearly 20 years. I am truly excited to lead the company in deepening our relationship with customers to accelerate the growth of our business,” said Goldberger. “We will continue to build on our leadership position to drive profitable growth through enhanced marketing, investments in the user experience, improved sourcing, and a continued focus on offering the most compelling diamond and fine jewelry assortment in the world.” “As the Board and I discussed succession planning, we agreed this is the right time to bring in a new CEO to lead the company’s next phase of growth,” said Kanter. “Jason is an experienced leader with deep ecommerce experience who will work closely with the team to innovate, secure, and further our position as the smartest, easiest, and most pressure-free way for consumers to buy a diamond. I look forward to working with him as Blue Nile continues to create superior customer experiences.” “Jason has the experience and leadership capability to work with the team to continue to transform the consumer experience of purchasing diamonds and fine jewelry online,” said David Humphrey, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “We thank Harvey for his strategic vision and look forward to his continued contributions to the success of the business.” “We are investing strategically to expand and improve Blue Nile’s ecommerce platform, which is critical to grow and reach more consumers,” said Ryan Cotton, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “As online jewelry research increases over time, more-informed consumers will appreciate Blue Nile’s unique value proposition.” Goldberger, age 45, is a graduate of Colby College, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of American Family Insurance. About Blue Nile, Inc. Blue Nile, Inc. is a leading online jeweler. The company offers a smarter way to buy engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry by providing in-depth educational materials and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. Blue Nile has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently-graded diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at www.bluenile.com and in its Webrooms in Long Island, New York, White Plains, New York, Portland, Oregon, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington.


News Article | June 8, 2017
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Experienced merchandising and digital executive tapped to lead next phase of growth Harvey Kanter to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors SEATTLE, June 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Nile, a leading retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, today announced the appointment of seasoned merchandising and digital executive Jason Goldberger as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Monday, June 12, 2017. Goldberger succeeds Harvey Kanter, who will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and continue to play an important role in the strategic direction of the company. Goldberger brings to Blue Nile more than 20 years of executive leadership in merchandising, digital innovation, marketing, and product management across leading online retail organizations including Target, Gilt Groupe, Hayneedle, and Amazon. He mostly recently served as Chief Digital Officer and President of Target.com, where he was responsible for digital strategy and execution. “Blue Nile has offered customers unsurpassed value in an easy, intuitive shopping experience for nearly 20 years. I am truly excited to lead the company in deepening our relationship with customers to accelerate the growth of our business,” said Goldberger. “We will continue to build on our leadership position to drive profitable growth through enhanced marketing, investments in the user experience, improved sourcing, and a continued focus on offering the most compelling diamond and fine jewelry assortment in the world.” “As the Board and I discussed succession planning, we agreed this is the right time to bring in a new CEO to lead the company’s next phase of growth,” said Kanter. “Jason is an experienced leader with deep ecommerce experience who will work closely with the team to innovate, secure, and further our position as the smartest, easiest, and most pressure-free way for consumers to buy a diamond. I look forward to working with him as Blue Nile continues to create superior customer experiences.” “Jason has the experience and leadership capability to work with the team to continue to transform the consumer experience of purchasing diamonds and fine jewelry online,” said David Humphrey, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “We thank Harvey for his strategic vision and look forward to his continued contributions to the success of the business.” “We are investing strategically to expand and improve Blue Nile’s ecommerce platform, which is critical to grow and reach more consumers,” said Ryan Cotton, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “As online jewelry research increases over time, more-informed consumers will appreciate Blue Nile’s unique value proposition.” Goldberger, age 45, is a graduate of Colby College, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of American Family Insurance. About Blue Nile, Inc. Blue Nile, Inc. is a leading online jeweler. The company offers a smarter way to buy engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry by providing in-depth educational materials and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. Blue Nile has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently-graded diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at www.bluenile.com and in its Webrooms in Long Island, New York, White Plains, New York, Portland, Oregon, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington.


News Article | September 19, 2017
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SEATTLE, Sept. 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading diamond and fine jewelry retailer Blue Nile announced today the introduction of a new, elite collection of diamonds: Astor by Blue Nile™. All diamonds in the new collection maintain the superior quality standards and exceptional value that consumers expect from Blue Nile, but focus on one attribute: Sparkle. Astor by Blue Nile™ diamonds are hand selected, specifically cut, and double certified to captivate the eye in ways other diamonds cannot. What is Sparkle? A diamond is comprised of facets, or tiny mirrors, that reflect light. As a diamond rocks back and forth, each individual facet comes alive with flashes of brilliance (white light) and fire (colored light). This display is known and measured as sparkle. Every Astor by Blue Nile™ diamond is specifically cut to achieve a sparkle that is visibly noticeable and commands the attention of every eye in the room. Cut is Critical Cutting a diamond from its rough form is the most crucial step in creating a diamond with extraordinary sparkle. It begins with premium quality rough stone with as few impurities or inclusions as possible. All Astor by Blue Nile™ diamonds are guaranteed to have no inclusions visible to the naked eye. The rough is then precisely cut for ideal proportions and symmetry. If a diamond is cut even slightly out of proportion, whether too shallow, wide, deep, or narrow, it will restrict the amount of light that can be returned to the eye. In addition, precise symmetry ensures that each mirror-like facet is evenly aligned to reflect the maximum amount of light. Astor by Blue Nile™ diamonds are precisely cut for ideal proportions and symmetry to achieve maximum sparkle. Double Certified All Astor by Blue Nile™ diamonds rank as an Excellent Cut from the Gemological Institute of America, the world’s most respected independent laboratory. This is the institute’s top grade. The diamond is then graded by GemEx, the global leader in light measurement using a patented imaging spectrophotometer, called a BrillianceScope. This was created by an electrical engineer, a mechanical engineer, and a physicist specifically to measure light. Light performance is measured in three areas: Astor by Blue Nile™ diamonds must reach a grade of “Very High” in each category – the highest grade. The requirements are so stringent that only 1 out of every 1,000 diamonds qualify. “Customers come to Blue Nile for a superior experience and unmatched value,” said Chief Executive Officer Jason Goldberger. “We know they want more than a diamond. They want a lifetime of lighting up the room. That’s why we created Astor by Blue Nile.” Astor by Blue Nile™ diamonds are now available online at BlueNile.com in popular round and princess shapes. Blue Nile, Inc. is a leading online jeweler. The company offers a smarter way to buy engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry by providing in-depth educational materials and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. Blue Nile has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently-graded diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at www.bluenile.com and in its Webrooms in Long Island, New York, White Plains, New York, Portland, Oregon, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington.


News Article | September 27, 2017
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SEATTLE, Sept. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Continuing its investments to support the next phase of growth, leading diamond and fine jewelry retailer Blue Nile announced today the appointment of two seasoned ecommerce executives to its executive team: Erin Daley as Chief Marketing Officer and David Fleischman as Chief Product Officer. In addition, current Blue Nile executive Jon Sainsbury was named Chief Strategy Officer and President of International. All three executives will report to Chief Executive Officer Jason Goldberger. “Erin and David both have excellent track records of innovation and growth, and Jon has been instrumental in making Blue Nile the company it is today – a more brilliant way to buy diamonds,” said Chief Executive Officer Jason Goldberger. “We’re excited for the deep experience in online retail and consumer engagement that Erin and David bring, and that Jon will continue to play a key role in the next phase of the company. It’s an exciting time for Blue Nile.” Chief Marketing Officer: Erin Daley Erin Daley brings nearly 20 years of marketing leadership experience to Blue Nile, including strategic planning, brand architecture, new product innovation, and digital content. She most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at e.l.f. Cosmetics, one of the fastest-growing beauty companies in the United States. There, she was responsible for driving brand awareness, social engagement, and innovation that helped guide the company to a successful IPO in 2016. Prior to e.l.f. Cosmetics, Ms. Daley served as Vice President of Marketing for Schiff Nutrition, a leader in the nutritional supplements category, where she led innovation and developed a new product pipeline valued in excess of $100 million. She began her marketing career at Procter & Gamble, launching Crest Whitestrips and developing Charmin Ultra Strong. Ms. Daley holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Michigan. Chief Product Officer: David Fleischman David Fleischman joins Blue Nile with more than 20 years of experience in product and technology innovation at Apple, Expedia, Microsoft, and Nokia. He most recently served as Vice President of Global Product at Expedia, where he helped lead a turnaround and established a high-efficiency software process, metrics-based product management, and a culture of innovation. Prior to Expedia, Mr. Fleischman was a Group Program Manager at Microsoft, where he led a redesign and upgrade of live systems supporting more than $3 billion in digital content across Microsoft platforms, including all Xbox games. At Apple, he was part of the team that shipped the first generation iPhone. Mr. Fleischman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Chief Strategy Officer and President of International: Jon Sainsbury Jon Sainsbury is a 15-year veteran of Blue Nile who is now charged with driving the company’s long-range strategic planning initiatives, as well as growth and development of the company’s operations in more than 40 countries. Previously, Mr. Sainsbury served as Chief Revenue Officer, and before that held a number of leadership roles related to marketing and global business development. Prior to Blue Nile, Mr. Sainsbury was an associate consultant with the management consulting firm Bain & Company, working on clients in the retail, consumer products, and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries. Mr. Sainsbury holds a Bachelor of Arts in physics from Pomona College. About Blue Nile, Inc. Blue Nile, Inc. is a leading diamond and fine jewelry retailer. The company offers a superior experience for purchasing engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry by providing expert guidance, in-depth educational materials, and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. Blue Nile has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently-graded diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at www.bluenile.com and in its Webrooms in Long Island, New York, White Plains, New York, Portland, Oregon, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington.


News Article | February 17, 2017
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SEATTLE, Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading online jeweler Blue Nile (NASDAQ:NILE) today announced the successful completion of the acquisition of the Company by an Investor Group, comprised of Bain Capital Private Equity, Bow Street and Adama Partners, for $40.75 per share in cash.  The transaction, originally announced on November 7, 2016, was approved by Blue Nile's shareholders on February 2, 2017. "Blue Nile has disrupted and transformed the way consumers shop for and purchase diamonds and fine jewelry by creating price transparency while simultaneously providing value to suppliers," said Blue Nile Chairman, CEO and President Harvey Kanter.  "As we enter the next phase of growth, Blue Nile will continue to expand our vision and focus on putting the customer first by reaching them the way they prefer to shop whether it’s a computer, mobile device, or in one of our Webrooms.” “Blue Nile is a unique business with a strong platform in an industry that is rapidly evolving and migrating online,” said Ryan Cotton, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity.  “We are excited to partner with Bow Street, as well as with Adama Partners who brings a great deal of industry experience, in order to help Blue Nile continue to lead the transformation of the customer purchase experience in engagement rings and fine jewelry.” As a result of the completion of the transaction, trading in Blue Nile’s common stock on the NASDAQ will be suspended effective Tuesday, February 21, 2017. BofA Merrill Lynch served as exclusive financial advisor to Blue Nile, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati served as its legal advisor.  Goldman Sachs & Co provided debt for the transaction, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to the Investor Group. About Blue Nile, Inc. Blue Nile, Inc. is a leading online jeweler. The company offers a smarter way to buy engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry by providing in-depth educational materials and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. Blue Nile has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently graded diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at www.bluenile.com and in its Webrooms in Long Island, New York, White Plains, New York, Portland, Oregon, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington. About Bain Capital Private Equity Bain Capital Private Equity (www.baincapitalprivateequity.com) has partnered closely with management teams to provide the strategic resources that build great companies and help them thrive since our founding in 1984. Our team of more than 400 investment professionals creates value for our portfolio companies through our global platform and depth of expertise in key vertical industries including consumer/retail, financial and business services, healthcare, industrials, and technology, media and telecommunications. In addition to private equity, Bain Capital invests across asset classes including credit, public equity and venture capital, and leverages the firm’s shared platform to capture opportunities in strategic areas of focus. About Bow Street LLC Founded in 2011, Bow Street is a New York-based investment manager that partners with institutional investors and family offices globally to invest opportunistically across public and private securities. About Adama Partners Adama Partners is a New York-based firm that focuses on the global diamond, gemstone and jewelry industry. Adama Partners builds and operates transformational or high-impact businesses across the industry value chain leveraging unique and proprietary knowledge in supply analytics, product sourcing, pricing, manufacturing, branding and distribution.

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