It seems that Yahoo’s new chief executive Scott Thompson is staying quiet about his falsified biography situation to top executives at the company — a move that could paint him as guilty.
Last week, Thompson was outed by an activist Yahoo shareholder for claiming he had a computer science degree, which he doesn’t have. Falsifying information on a resume is a fireable offense for most employees, and Yahoo’s board is now meeting to discuss how they missed this fake detail.
Thompson is said to have declined to give much of an explanation to his staffers, other than an initial letter asking them to concentrate on work instead of his situation. AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher has reportedly interviewed dozen’s of Yahoo staffers who are doing exactly the opposite. And that reaction is pretty predictable.
Last month, Thompson announced massive layoffs to every potion of the company as part of a restructuring effort to get Yahoo back on track. But that restructuring plan lacked details, and now these employees find out Thompson has either lied or overlooked something as huge as listing a fake degree on his bio. That’s simply unacceptable to many, including one who commented “Resume padding is one thing, but lying about something that is so easy to check is puzzling.”
Would you support your CEO if he just fired a handful of friends and lied on his resume?
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