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Ex-Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson reportedly tells board he has cancer

May 14, 2012|By Jim Puzzanghera
  • Scott Thompson in 2010
Scott Thompson in 2010 (Noah Berger / Associated…)

Before Scott Thompson resigned as Yahoo Inc.'s chief executive last weekend, he reportedly told the company's board of directors and several other colleagues that he had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

He disclosed the information late last week amid the controversy over an apparent misrepresentation on his resume, the Wall Street Journal said, citing anonymous sources.

A Yahoo spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Thompson, 54, resigned Sunday after his claim of holding a computer science degree from Stonehill College was questioned by activist shareholder Daniel Loeb.

Yahoo said this month that Thompson did not have the degree that its inclusion in an EBay biography and recent Yahoo securities filings was "an inadvertent error."

Thompson apologized to employees last week as the company's board formed a special three-person committee to review his academic credentials "as well as the facts and circumstances related to the review and disclosure of those credentials" in connection with his appointment as chief executive.

Thompson stepped down as part of a shakeup at the top of the troubled Internet company and was replaced on an interim basis by Ross Levinsohn, formerly Yahoo's executive vice president of the Americas region.

The board also named Alfred Amoroso as its new chairman, replacing Roy Bostock.

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