The bloodletting continues at Yahoo, with the latest news being that CEO Scott Thompson kinda sorta maybe, oh, I dunno, lied about his degree in computer science, as uncovered by one of its shareholders, activist company Third Point.
I could go on and on about how this continues to show the free-fall at Yahoo, but that’s another story. The real issue is honesty and integrity, something that Thompson seems to be missing (Third Point also uncovered that Thompson used the same faulty degree when he was president of PayPal). As for Thompson, he claims that it was an “error” and that he meant to mention his degree in accounting instead (his alma mater, Stonehill College, confirms the accounting degree; they also pointed out that during the time he attended, only one course in computer science – an intro course – was offered.) Needless to say, by the end of the day, the “corrected” version was placed on Yahoo’s site, and Third Point offered the (pun intended) pointed claim that “[p]resumably, Mr. Thompson took that course.”
I don’t think anything less than the obvious needs to be said here: if you’re a geek, you should be proud of your geekness. Accounting (math geekery) is nothing to sneeze at, and companies of any stripe need that. Maybe Thompson felt it was more important to live up to the tech life; classes at the community college are made for that sort of thing.
I suspect that Yahoo may be doing another housecleaning soon, and that they’ll be a tad more careful about looking at the CVs from this point on.