He was the first non-Japanese chief executive officer of electronics giant Olympus. But barely two weeks after his appointment, Englishman Michael Woodford was fired.
His crime? Attempting to expose a US$1.7 billion (S$2.3b) fraud within the company.
At an emergency board meeting that he thought was going to be about the dubious deals the company had made, he was silenced and forced to leave on the spot instead.
“All the people around the table put their hands up, supporting the motion that I be dismissed,” he recalled.
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