Tech boss removed over bogus CV claim

The chief executive of a pioneering technology company has been removed after allegations he falsified his CV with a fake computer science degree.

Scott Thompson, the third chief executive of Yahoo in as many years, will be temporarily replaced by Ross Levinsohn, the internet firm’s head of media relations.

Yahoo announced Mr Thompson’s departure last week, following allegations from activist investor Third Point that he had misrepresented his academic record.

Rather than holding a bachelor degree in accountancy and computer science, as his company biography stated, Mr Thompson only had the former, the investor said.

The former PayPal boss tried to claim a mix-up, blaming the staffing firm that head-hunted him for his Yahoo post, which he began earlier this year in January.

However the emergence of his CV, alongside reported verification from the college in question, has confirmed that Mr Thompson has only the accountancy degree.  

Most problematically for his claim, Stonehill College in Massachusetts did not offer the computer science degree which he listed on his resume until four years after he had graduated.

May 15, 2012