Easton Named CEO of Blue Nile

Diamond and jewelry Internet retailer Blue Nile, Inc. on Tuesday announced that Robin Easton will join the company as chief financial officer, beginning on Sept. 10. Easton, who brings with him extensive corporate finance and treasury experience, will have responsibility for the company’s financial operations.

“We are delighted to welcome Robin to Blue Nile,” said Diane Irvine, who has served as Blue Nile’s CFO since 1999. “Robin’s leadership skills and depth of finance experience will be tremendous assets to the Company as we continue to grow our business both domestically and internationally.” Following Easton’s arrival, Irvine will transition to her new role as president.

“I am excited about joining a company that is the market leader and has great opportunities for future growth,” Easton said.

Easton joins Blue Nile from PACCAR Inc., where he is treasurer. Easton is responsible for PACCAR’s global treasury operations, capital structuring, risk management, and investor relations. He previously served as director of Global Treasury Operations at Applied Materials, Inc., which provides nanomanufacturing technology solutions. He also previously served as vice president and Global Treasury Services consultant at Bank of America in London, and as regional treasurer for Asia Pacific at Inchcape PLC, a global automotive retailer, in Singapore.

Easton’s appointment ended an unusual search process for the job. The Seattle-based company on June 29 announced the appointment of Scott Devitt to the CFO position. However, before beginning his first day of work, Blue Nile announced on July 17 that Devitt decided not to take the position because of “personal considerations” involving the relocation of his family.

Easton holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Cass Business School at City University in London and a B.S. in Management Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.