Sunday, May 13, 2012

Yahoo sacks CEO for padding CV

Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson is out after it was found he padded his resume with an embellished college degree, ending his term at the company after just four months.
Scott Thompson
Yahoo confirmed Thompson "has left the company" in a statement posted late Sunday, after two news reports. Tech blog AllThingsD was the first to report the news, and the New York Times followed up with its own article.
Yahoo media chief Ross Levinsohn will be named interim CEO, the company said. Levinsohn had earlier been rumored as a successor to Carol Bartz, who was fired from Yahoo by phone in September. Instead, Thompson took the CEO role in January.
Thompson's resume scandal ignited just over a week ago, when activist shareholder group Third Point alleged that Thompson lied about details of his college degree.
New board members: Dan Loeb, the CEO of Third Point, has a long history of launching proxy fights -- and Yahoo was the latest company in his crosshairs. Third Point owns about 5.8% of Yahoo, and is the largest outside shareholder. In February, Third Point filed paperwork proposing four new Yahoo board members, including Loeb himself.

At first, Yahoo didn't want to play ball. But Third Point scored a coup by finding and exposing Thompson's padded resume.
Now, Yahoo has settled with Loeb to end the proxy fight. On Sunday, Yahoo and Third Point released a joint statement explaining the terms.
Yahoo will add three of Third Point's proposed nominees to the board: Loeb himself; Harry Wilson, the CEO of corporate restructuring and turnaround firm Maeva; and Michael Wolf, CEO of media consulting company Activate.
The fourth Third Point-proposed nominee, former NBC Universal CEO Jeffrey Zucker, said in the companies' statement that he removed himself from consideration in order to more easily broker a settlement.
Loeb said in the statement Sunday that he, Wilson and Wolf are "committed to working with new leadership to unlock Yahoo's significant potential and value."
In addition, Yahoo said Sunday that it named Fred Amoroso, an existing board member, as chairman. The chairman position had been in play since a February board shakeup that wiped out most of Yahoo's previous directors.
In an internal Yahoo e-mail obtained by CNN's Dan Simon, interim CEO Levinsohn acknowledged the "very bumpy road we've traveled."
But, he said, Sunday's announcements "lay to rest the unfortunate and serious distractions surrounding our senior leadership and the composition of our Board going forward."
Levinsohn closed the e-mail by saying Yahoo will "go on the offensive starting today."

Courtesy: CNN

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