Yahoo Faces Shareholder Showdown Over CEO's Fate

Yahoo CEOSAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo is facing a showdown with a major shareholder who wants the troubled Internet company to fire CEO Scott Thompson (right) for unethical conduct.

The shareholder, activist hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb, told Yahoo's board of directors last week that he might take legal action if Thompson isn't ousted by noon EDT Monday.

Loeb contends Yahoo needs to get rid of Thompson because he allowed an inaccuracy about his academic credentials appear in a regulatory filing, as well on the company's website for investors. Thompson's biography claimed he had a bachelor's degree in computer science as well as accounting from Stonehill College near Boston.

After Loeb raised questions about Thompson's education, Yahoo acknowledged that he never got the computer science degree. That distortion violated Yahoo's own code of ethics, Loeb said.

Yahoo initially brushed off the exaggeration as an "inadvertent error," before announcing the board would look into how the inaccuracy happened. The company hasn't set its own deadline for completing the investigation.

Experts in corporate ethics and governance believe Yahoo has to get rid of Thompson to preserve its own credibility. If Thompson is dumped, it will be Yahoo's second CEO firing in eight months.

Loeb controls a 5.8% stake in Yahoo through his hedge fund, Third Point LLC. He is trying to win four seats on Yahoo's board, including one for himself.

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Time to start massive background checks on every CEO,exceutives, starting at the TOP and down, that means you, OBAMA too on possible FAKE Birth Certificate. If his birth Certificate's fake, Obama's likely to become the Dicator once the government shuts down as debt ceiling hits the red button without raising it again? It's right under Obama's nose.

May 07 2012 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Read my lips, YAHOO SUCKS, and It was eBay's overpaid CEO John Donahoe's favorite then underpaid PayPal President, Scott Thompson that left PayPal to become bigger himself as CEO of YAHOO the improper way (Resume Fraud) now both are sore losers.

May 07 2012 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply