HR Strange But True!
May 03, 2002

New Zealand's Maori Television Service says it fired John Davy just six weeks into his job as the network's chief executive because it learned he had provided false information about his background, including his academic qualifications.

But Davy has an explanation: His records, which contain legitimate qualifications, were altered as part of his entry into a witness-protection program. "I cannot verify any academic background simply for the reason that in the 1980s an assignment was undertaken by me that related to a forensic matter, and as part of a ... witness-protection program, my background was adjusted," Davy said in a television interview. "My name wasn't fully changed, but my financial and academics (background) were wiped out."

Davy said he secured a master's degree in business administration from Denver University in 1976. His background, he said, was modified after he worked on a financial forensic case for an international agency representing a group of companies.

He added that disclosed the situation during the recruitment process. "I can't verify the old credentials and it's unfortunate," he said.

Davy also said the public exposure of his background has made him concerned for his own safety. "There would be some people that would definitely like to talk to me, and it won't be to say 'How're you doing?'"

Source: The Toronto Star

TGIF - It's HR
Strange But True
Get your weekend off to a great start with your own copy of HR Strange But True e-mailed to you each Friday as part of the HR Daily Advisor, absolutely free. Catch up on the latest odd, offbeat, and humorous HR stories provided by HR Strange But True as well as a daily tip from the award winning HR Daily Advisor. Just enter your e-mail address and click "Go."
'HR Strange But True' Archive
View past articles by month and year
Copyright � 2017 Business & Legal Resources. All rights reserved. 800-727-5257
This document was published on
Document URL: