High price of career lies


WHO Former assistant professor at National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine from 2005 to 2008

IN HIS RESUME Doctorate in epidemiology, graduated from India's top medical school when he was 21, was a member of the prestigious Royal College of Physicians and had been awarded "genius" visa to the United States.

REVEALED Routine pre-appointment review by West Virginia University found he has no doctorate degree, and did not graduate from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. He has only a master's degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. 


WHO Former CEO of Yahoo

IN HIS RESUME Bachelor's degree in both accounting and computer science from Stonehill College.

REVEALED Proxy statements filed by eBay, where Thompson worked from 2008 to 2010, showed only an accounting degree. Stonehill College confirmed that he was granted a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting).

Thompson resigned from Yahoo after less than six months there. He is currently CEO of ShopRunner, an online shopping portal.


WHO Former dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US

IN HER RESUME Academic degrees from Union College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute when she first applied for entry-level admissions officer position with MIT in 1979, and a degree from Albany Medical College after she was hired.

REVEALED The university received information about Jones' credentials and investigated them. Jones never received any college degrees.

She resigned in 2007 after 28 years at MIT and is now a college admissions consultant at the Berklee College of Music.


WHO Chef and Food Network host

IN HIS RESUME Helped design Princess Diana's wedding cake, worked at the White House and graduated from the University of Leeds.

REVEALED Investigation by the St Petersburg Times found he had embellished several facts presented in separate biographical profiles posted on both his own corporate website and the Food Network's website.

He was yanked in 2008 from his Food Network show, Dinner: Impossible, but was rehired later that year.


WHO Former Asia Pacific CEO of the InterContinental Hotels Group

IN HIS RESUME Bachelor of Business degree from Victoria University in Australia, as well as Bachelor of Science and an MBA from Cornell University.

REVEALED It was found that though he had attended classes at these institutions, he never graduated.

He left InterContinental Hotels Group in 2007 with a pay-off equivalent to just two months' salary, a settlement understood to be far short of his contractual notice period.


WHO Former vice-president of communications at Walmart Stores Inc

IN HIS RESUME A bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware.

REVEALED While being evaluated for a promotion to senior vice-president, it came to light that he had never finished the required coursework to get a diploma. He resigned last month.