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Timeline: Controversy over Yahoo CEO’s resume
Question of the Day
Marissa Mayer got the job as Yahoo’s new CEO because Scott Thompson lost his. Thompson left amid inaccuracies in his official biography. Here are some key developments leading to his departure and her arrival:
_ May 3: Yahoo Inc. confirms that CEO Scott Thompson has only an accounting degree from Stonehill College near Boston, and no degree in computer science. The inaccuracy had appeared on his company bio and in regulatory filings.
Yahoo also says director Patti Hart holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Illinois State University, with specialties in marketing and economics _ not the degree in marketing and economics mentioned in a recent Yahoo regulatory filing. Hart led the committee that recommended Thompson as CEO.
Activist shareholder and hedge fund leader Daniel Loeb at Third Point LLC had revealed the inaccuracies in both bios.
_ May 7: Thompson apologizes for the error about his degree, without explanation. He says in an email to employees that he won’t resign.
_ May 8: Yahoo says Hart will step down at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, which was at the time unscheduled. Hart, CEO of gambling-machine maker International Game Technology, says she wants to focus her energy at IGT. She joined Yahoo’s board in June 2010.
Yahoo also announces new board chairman, Fred Amoroso, has been appointed. The company says Hart, current chairman Roy Bostock and two other board members are leaving and three new board members, including Loeb, will join.
_ May 14: The Wall Street Journal reports that Thompson had told the board that he has thyroid cancer. The diagnosis contributed to his decision to step down, according to the newspaper’s unidentified sources.
_ July 6: Hulu discloses that its CEO, Jason Kilar, has decided not to pursue the top job at Yahoo, leaving Levinsohn as the lead candidate to be permanent CEO.
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