Scott Thompson

Talk about a roller coaster. In the span of seven months, Scott Thompson took over leadership at Yahoo, started a patent war, got forced out amid scandal, then became CEO at a new company.

Talk about a roller coaster of a year.

Former PayPal president Scott Thompson took over the reins at Yahoo in January. He quickly became an unpopular figure in Silicon Valley after picking a patent fight with Facebook in March. Then came the resume scandal.

After it was discovered he had fudged his resume to claim he had a computer science degree (his degree is actually in accounting), Thompson was forced to resign in May .

Don't weep for him, though. Two months later, he'd already landed himself a new CEO gig, this time at e-commerce company ShopRunner .

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Jennifer Guevin is managing editor at CNET, overseeing the ever-helpful How To section, special packages, and front-page programming. As a writer, she gravitates toward science, quirky geek culture stories, robots, and food. In real life, she mostly just gravitates toward food.

 

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