Tuesday 9 April 2019
Tim Leissner (R) pictured here with his wife Kimora Lee Simmons (L).

Tim Leissner, a former Goldman Sachs bigwig and Scott Thompson, ex-head honcho of Yahoo! aren’t the only ones who were sensationally exposed for their fraudulent academic credentials. In the last 20 years, there have been several high profile cases involving professionals and captains of industry who were shamed after their CVs were scrutinised. Here are just a few:


Ronald Zarrella, former CEO of Bausch & Lomb, was revealed by the New York Post to have never completed his MBA from New York University in 2002. The CEO retained his position at Bausch & Lomb as he was deemed to be valuable to its business. He eventually left the company in 2008.


Laura Callahan, United States Department of Homeland Security’s deputy chief information officer, was forced to resign when her credentials were proven to be from an unaccredited online college.


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A RadioShack store in Miami, Florida. Photo: AFP

David Edmondson, former CEO of RadioShack resigned after admitting to misstating his academic record, which claimed he had earned his bachelor degrees in theology and psychology from Heartland Baptist Bible College. He had neither.


Datuk Fazley Yaakob resigned from his position as the Executive Director of the Fazley International College (FIC) after the validity of his two degrees – a master’s and a doctorate in business administration – were brought into question.


Bursa Malaysia publicly reprimanded Lim Yin Chow, former non-executive director of Stemlife Bhd, Signature International Bhd and Rev Asia Bhd, for falsifying his qualification − a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS degree) from the University of Hong Kong in 1992. Lim was also fined US$7,400 by Bursa Malaysia. He resigned from his positions at all three companies.


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Kyle Gendreau (L), chief financial officer for US luggage maker Samsonite, Timothy Parker (C), chairman and chief executive officer, and Ramesh Tainwala (R). Photo: AFP

Ramesh Tainwala vacated his position as Samsonite’s chief executive officer after being accused of falsifying his doctorate degree.


Philippines senatorial candidate Imee Marcos was accused by The DailyPrincetonian, an independent student newspaper at Princeton University, of falsely claiming that she had graduated from the institution. The paper claims that Marcos, the daughter of former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, did enrol in Princeton but did not graduate in 1979. Marcos is currently serving her final term as governor of Ilocos Norte, a northern province in the Philippines.

This article is an excerpt from UNRESERVED’s April 2019 issue from the article False Idols.

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