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Blue Nile names CEO

BY Marianne Wilson

Blue Nile has replaced its interim chief executive with a permanent one.

The online diamond jewelry retailer announced the appointment of Sean Kell as CEO, effective immediately. He succeeds Eric Anderson, who has served as Blue Nile’s interim CEO since January 2019.

Most recently, Kell served as CEO at A Place for Mom, America’s largest senior living referral service. He brings nearly 20 years of executive leadership in e-commerce, digital innovation, brand marketing, call center operations and product management across leading retail organizations, including Expedia, Hotels.com and Starbucks.

“As the engagement ring and fine jewelry industries continue to evolve, Sean’s leadership and strategic vision will elevate Blue Nile’s modern approach to becoming our customer’s jeweler for life,” said David Humphrey, a managing director at Bain Capital Private Equity and a member of the board. “Sean is a seasoned leader, and we are thrilled to have him as Blue Nile’s next CEO.”

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