Last week, Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson was called to step down from his position following a scandal involving his credentials. An investor recently discovered that on Thompson’s resume, the ex-CEO claims he graduated with a computer science degree from Stonehill College, when in fact he finished with an accounting degree. A computer science degree did not even exist at the school at the time.
When the truth came out, Thompson blamed a headhunting firm for misrepresenting his education when he was in the process of being hired by eBay in the mid-2000s. It didn’t work. The firm fought back by providing Yahoo! with a copy of Thompson’s original resume – fake degree and all.
A while back, I talked about how to cope productively in the wake of scandal. And cope productively Thompson did not. For all of the details about what he did wrong and how you can avoid it, check out my recent post on the Quickbase blog.