Finally! Without copping to an overt lie, Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson has officially apologized for the furor created by his factually-loose resume. “This kind of move is, of course, PR 101, but it still took Yahoo several days after activist shareholder Daniel Loeb uncovered the resume problem, which the Silicon Valley Internet giant said was an ‘inadvertent error,’” writes AllThingsD. In a new memo, Thompson says he was upset by how the controversy has impacted the company.
“As I told you on Friday, the board is reviewing the issue and I will provide whatever they need from me. In the meantime, I want you to know how deeply I regret how this issue has affected the company and all of you,” he writes. “We have all been working very hard to move the company forward, and this has had the opposite effect. For that, I take full responsibility, and I want to apologize to you.” Yet, as AllThingsD notes: “It is interesting to note that [Thompson] said nothing in the new email about being actually sorry for the still-mysterious inaccuracy in his bio.” The computer science degree that never was has apparently been on Thompson’s since 2004 when he worked at eBay, and then somehow got into the Yahoo regulatory filings after he was hired earlier this year. Yahoo’s board, headed by independent director Fred Amoroso, is currently conducting an investigation into matter.