It's Mother's Day, and if there's one thing my mother taught me it's don't tell lies. (See how I tied this into Mother's Day?)
Sure enough, as predicted, the "inadvertent error" on Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson's resume has sunk him. AllThingsD's Kara Swisher is reporting he's out and a new, inadvertent-error free CEO is coming in.
What's interesting about this story is how long it has taken to play out. I was semi-off-the-grid at the CTIA conference in New Orleans for a week. I checked tech news infrequently and I was surprised whenever I'd see another article on this saga pop up. At one point I thought that Thompson would weather this storm. He even had some supporters in his corner. (Dan Lyons over at the Daily Beast had a great post about Thompson wherein he defended Thompson and also made fun of the tech press. I didn't agree with his "everybody does worse" argument, but it's still worth a read.)
And now two weeks later, after some waffling and blaming, Thompson's fate is finally sealed. That's not the way a company quickly handles a distraction.
So here are the questions I have now: Why didn't eBay catch the inadvertent error that had been showing up on Thompson's resume for several years (while he was PayPal president)? And how many companies are going to start asking executives to check their bios now?