Ex-Yahoo CEO Quits Splunk Board Following Resume Scandal

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) ex-Chief Executive Officer Scott Thompson resigned from the board of Splunk Inc. (SPLK) after a scandal about a false degree listed on his resume led to his departure from Yahoo.

Thompson’s stepped down from the board May 18, Splunk said today in a statement. The San Francisco-based company, which makes software for analyzing Web data, plans to announce a successor at a later date. He also resigned as a director of F5 Networks Inc. last week.

Thompson’s downfall at Yahoo stemmed from references in his biography saying that he held a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Stonehill College. The incorrect degree showed up in the company’s regulatory filings and its website. Yahoo replaced Thompson with interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, head of its global media, on May 13.

Before resigning as CEO, Thompson told directors he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, according to a person briefed on the matter.

“We thank Mr. Thompson for his contributions to the company,” Splunk Chairman and CEO Godfrey Sullivan said in today’s statement. “In regard to recent health issues, we wish Scott all the best for a fast and full recovery.”

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