Will Scott Thomson put this on his resume?
The embattled Yahoo CEO is officially out, according to an announcement from the company this afternoon following an uproar over his false claim that he had a computer science degree. The announcement confirms a report earlier today by Kara Swisher of AllThingsD.
Yahoo executive Ross Levinsohn will serve as interim CEO. Yahoo board member Fred Amoroso, who led the board’s investigation into Thompson’s resume, will become chairman. Yahoo simultaneously settled an impending proxy fight over the issue with investor Third Point LLC, which will get three seats on the board.
Watching with more than a casual degree of interest is Microsoft, which is partnering with Yahoo in Internet search and ads, attempting to compete with Google.
One question is whether a new Yahoo CEO, whoever it ends up being, might be more willing to sell those portions of its business outright, if Microsoft is interested in owning them.
In the past, people floated as potential candidates for the Yahoo job included former aQuantive CEO and Microsoft VP Brian McAndrews; and former Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell.