Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson is under fire for saying he had a degree in computer science when he never ever had one.While it looks like he’s going to have to step down, there is one possible defence he can use.
Thompson can step up and say, “I don’t know how this got into my bio. If you look at the SEC filing at eBay, it wasn’t in there. I haven’t paid attention to my bio in years, so I really don’t know how this got in to Yahoo’s official filings. I have a lot of people underneath me who take care of these things.”
We admit this isn’t a particularly strong defence. It would make our eyes roll out of our head.
However, it’s better than the alternative, which is to admit that he lied about having a computer science degree and never bothered to correct the lie. The leader of Yahoo just can’t step up and say, “I was lying.”