About Michael Woodford
Michael Woodford MBE was the first non-Japanese CEO of Olympus Corporation. He is the British businessman who discovered accounting fraud on a massive scale at board level within Olympus and then was instantly sacked when he brought it to the board’s attention. His decision to expose the scandal to the authorities resulted in the company’s share price crashing and the resignation of the entire board.
His bravery of exposing this fraud, which approached US$2 billion, has resulted in numerous awards and global recognition. In Britain four national newspapers all separately awarded him their business person award in 2011/2012. This is the only occasion that all papers have chosen to honour the same individual in a given year. He has since become the winner of the ‘Association of Certified Fraud Examiners award’ for “Choosing Truth Over Self” and he has also won the inaugural Contrarian Prize.
He has also published his bestseller book ‘Exposure: Inside the Olympus Scandal: How I Went from CEO to Whistleblower’.