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Thompson out at Yahoo

Yahoo ousts another CEO, this time due to resume padding.

The revolving doors at Yahoo must produce constant tornadic conditions in Sunnyvale, California. The company has just ousted yet another CEO, this time due to resume padding.

Scott Thompson has resigned due to pressure from the Board of Directors after it was revealed that he "misrepresented" his educational credentials (he said he had a degree in computer science, which he did not).

Thompson blamed Heidrick & Struggles (a Chicago head-hunting firm) for the incorrect information. In an internal memo last week, Heidrick & Struggles denied Thompson's accusation. CEO Kevin Kelly wrote to employees: "This allegation is verifiably not true and we have notified Yahoo to that effect."

Can somebody please tell me what it is with arrogance that somehow blocks out all common sense? Just like politicians who deny saying something publicly, even though we live in a time when their lunch orders are common knowledge. Psst: We're going to find out.

If Thompson did knowingly add a degree to his resume, that's a sign of being ethically challenged. Even if he wasn't the one who added it, then how could he not see it there? And after all those ifs, how could he think that someone in his position could get away with something like that? Unethical, stupid, arrogant -- take your pick.

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6 comments
crtlbreak
crtlbreak

Well he is pretty screwed as an employee/exec now.

JamesRL
JamesRL

Then they would have overlooked it. I think they were looking for reasons to fire the guy and found one. Otherwise why would they be going through his resume months after he was hired - the time to verify the resume is before you make an offer.

rpocciax12
rpocciax12

I guess their HR and their board of directors also does not do background checks on their top employees, or check references.

rpocciax12
rpocciax12

Well my take on this is they were looking to oust this guy. obviously if he was doing a good job the board would not have let him resign and or someone would have noticed the mistake. I guess this one line item will make him a few million dollars in compensation. I cannot wait to see that number. maybe that was his plan.

TNT
TNT

Is it wrong to pad your resume? Absolutely. Those that do so ought to be fired. But is it also wrong for an employer to have job requirements that have nothing to do with the job itself? I have no idea what Thompson was the CEO of, but he was apparently good at his job despite not having the degree. Maybe Yahoo (and other employers) should take a step back and evaluate what is truly necessary and required by the position they want to fill.

tdrane
tdrane

We live in a world where everyone has the right to do anything, and you cant say anything about it....... after all, everybody gets a trophy now, right? Somebody else will hire him, no problem.

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