Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Olympus settles with ex-CEO before employment tribunal

updated 09:05 am EDT, Tue May 29, 2012

Ex-CEO Woodford agrees settlement ahead of whistle-blowing trial

Olympus ex-CEO Olympus Michael Woodford has agreed to a settlement with his former employer. An employment tribunal due to run in London this week would have seen Woodford asking for 10 years pay as compensation for being fired from the camera maker, after he emerged as a whistle blower on $1.7 billion in fraudulent accounting practices over a 20-year period. According to Reuters, the undisclosed settlement is expected to be less than the $60 million originally believed to be requested.

The $1.7 billion corporate fraud scandal saw former Olympus chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, former executive vice president Hisashi Mori and former auditor Hideo Yamada arrested and charged with violations of Japan's Financial Instruments and Exchange Law. The company sued the three men as well as fifteen other current and former executives for their roles. Olympus itself was fined nearly 200 million yen ($2.5 million) by Japan's Financial Services Agency, which was endorsed by the Securities Exchange and Surveillance Commission.

The settlement is subject to approval by the board of Olympus on June 8, with the option to re-open the case if it is not accepted. With uncapped claims, the compensation from the reopened case would potentially reach higher than $60 million.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

While the price-per-gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for ...

Narrative Clip

With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it ...

Blue's Mikey Digital

Blue Microphones, a company that makes some of the most popular digital USB microphones among podcasters and musicians, has for some t ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News