Yahoo CEO Offers Explanation for Error in His Credentials

May 11, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Yahoo Chief Executive Scott Thompson, who has come under fire for an error in his published credentials, told staff that he never provided a resume when he interviewed for the job, and blamed the error on an executive search firm, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

As previously reported, Thompson’s biography said he had earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Stonehill College, although the institution didn’t offer the degree until four years after he graduated.

According to the Chronicle, Thompson is alleging the search firm drafted a bio for him in 2005 that inaccurately included a computer science degree, the story notes. He said he didn’t tell the firm he had the degree, but didn’t notice the error because he didn’t review the document or bios that followed based on that document. The search firm is identified as Heidrick & Struggles, the story adds.

Thompson is reportedly suggesting that the person who interviewed him was a junior-level employee at the headhunting firm, the story says.

After he was hired by PayPal/eBay, an official biography was crafted based on the document, but Thompson says he didn’t review that biography either. Thompson admits that it was mistake not to have reviewed the bios and documents, the piece says.

"So there you have it folks. That is Scott Thompson’s explanation. Will it be enough to save his job?" the story asks.

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