Harvey Kanter hails from non-jewellery retail background.

Blue Nile has hired a new chief executive from a non-jewellery background.

Harvey Kanter will join the online diamond jewellery retailer as chief executive on March 30. Interim chief executive Vijay Talwar has been appointed Blue Nile’s general manager and president of international.


Kanter does not hail from a jewellery background but has instead built up his career working in other retail sectors. Before joining Blue Nile he served as president and chief executive of Moosejaw Moutaineering and Backcountry Travel where he was responsible for delivering double-digit growth and picked up multiple industry awards for his performance. He has also held the position of executive vice-president and managing director at Michaels Stores, the US’s largest craft store chain.

Blue Nile chairman Mark Vadon said: "Harvey brings a vibrant leadership style and a unique ability to align product strategy and marketing in such a way that inspires consumers. His dynamism and passion, coupled with his experience in online and traditional retail, are just what we need to drive growth and inspire the next generation of Blue Nile customers."

Kanter added: "I am equally excited about working with such an impressive executive team; a team that, in little more than a decade, created a business and brand recognised worldwide. As I lead the company through its next phase of growth, I look forward to serving Blue Nile’s current and future diamond engagement ring and fine jewellery customers by adhering to the philosophy that has made the company great — offer tremendous value on fine jewellery created to the highest quality standards in a no-pressure, information-rich environment that places the customer in charge of the shopping process."