Blue Nile Makes Changes to its Board

Blue Nile, Inc. has added Ned Mansour and Leslie Lane to its board of directors and announced the resignation of Joanna Strober from the board, where she served since 1999.

“Ned and Leslie bring extensive experience with consumer products and consumer brands, and they will provide skillful leadership as we continue to build an iconic brand both domestically and internationally in the years ahead,” said Diane Irvine, Blue Nile’s chief executive officer.

“Joanna has been with us since the company’s inception and has contributed invaluable guidance to Blue Nile over the years,” Irvine added. “We have greatly appreciated Joanna’s unwavering dedication to our business and her belief in Blue Nile’s mission to build the premier specialty retailer of jewelry by redefining the consumer experience in the category.”

Mansour previously served as president of Mattel, Inc. until his retirement in March 2000. He joined Mattel in 1978 as a senior attorney and held numerous positions before becoming president, including president of corporate operations, president of Mattel USA, chief administrative officer, and executive vice president and general counsel.

Mansour currently serves on the board of directors of the Ryland Group. In addition, Mansour previously served as a member of the board of directors of Mattel and Big Lots, Inc. He holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Lane is currently vice president and general manager of Nike’s Global Running group. Lane was appointed to the running group to lead a sharp consumer focus on running worldwide at Nike, Inc., the world’s leading designer, marketer, and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories.

Lane joined Nike in 2003 as part of the company’s subsidiaries team, initially leading the acquisition and integration of Converse. From 2004 to 2006, Lane was responsible for Nike’s global footwear strategy, finance and costing activities.

Prior to joining Nike, Lane held executive positions at operating companies of Roll International Corp., and was previously a consultant with Bain & Company, Inc. Lane holds an M.A. in Chemistry from Oxford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.