Blue Nile Announces Appointment of New Board Member

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SEATTLE, Nov. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blue Nile, Inc. (Nasdaq:NILE), a leading online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, today announced the addition of Scott Howe to its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2014. Mr. Howe is Chief Executive Officer and President of Acxiom Corporation (Nasdaq:ACXM), an enterprise data, analytics and software-as-a-service company focused on strengthening connections between people, businesses and their partners. In his current role he drives a results-oriented culture for Acxiom's approximately 6,200 associates as the company deepens and expands its offerings. Delivering on his vision, Acxiom is fundamentally changing the business of marketing by providing 1:1 cross-channel marketing at scale. Prior to his current role, Mr. Howe was Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Advertising Business Groups, where he managed a multibillion dollar business encompassing all emerging businesses related to online advertising including search, display, in-game, mobile, digital cable and a variety of enterprise software applications.

"Scott's world-class corporate experience, online marketing prowess, and big data know-how is a perfect fit for Blue Nile as we continue to build our global brand," said Harvey Kanter, Blue Nile President and Chief Executive Officer.

Previously, Mr. Howe was a corporate officer at aQuantive, where he managed three lines of business, including Avenue A | Razorfish, one of the world's largest digital agencies, DRIVE Performance Media (now Microsoft Media Network), and Atlas International, one of the top two applications for enterprise software for advertising. Earlier in his career, he was with the Boston Consulting Group and Kidder, Peabody & Company, Inc.

In addition, Mr. Howe serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Medical Weight Loss, and is a former director of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Turn, Inc., a digital advertising company.

Mr. Howe graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics from Princeton University in 1990 and received an MBA from Harvard University in 1994.

With the addition of Mr. Howe, there will be nine members on Blue Nile's Board of Directors.

About Blue Nile, Inc.

Blue Nile, Inc. is a leading online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry. The Company delivers the ultimate customer experience, providing consumers with a superior way to buy engagement rings, wedding rings and fine jewelry. Blue Nile offers in-depth educational materials and unique online tools that place consumers in control of the jewelry shopping process. The Company has some of the highest quality standards in the industry and offers thousands of independently certified diamonds and fine jewelry at prices significantly below traditional retail. Blue Nile can be found online at Blue Nile's shares are traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC under the symbol NILE.

CONTACT: Blue Nile, Inc. Nancy Shipp, 206.388.3626 (Investors) or Josh Holland, 206.336.6773 (Media)

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