Vijay Talwar

Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

Blue Nile, Inc. , the leading online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, today announced the launch of a Japanese language version of its website. The new site allows customers in Japan to shop on Blue Nile in their native language for the first time. Second to only the United States, Japan is the largest luxury goods market in the world and accounts for 10 percent of diamond jewelry sales. "Blue Nile began serving Japan in 2008, and has developed a loyal customer following over the last four years," said Vijay Talwar, Blue Nile President.

Online diamond retailer Blue Nile named retail industry veteran Harvey Kanter as its chief executive, effective March 30. Kanter replaces Vijay Talwar, who took the role on an interim basis after former CEO Diane Irvine resigned last November as the company struggled to pass rising diamond costs to consumers.

Online jewelry retailer Blue Nile announced that CEO Diane Irvine has resigned from the company, effective Nov. 11. Vijay Talwar, Blue Nile's senior vice president and general manager of international, has been appointed interim CEO. 

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