When Michael Woodford was made president of Olympus, he became the first Westerner ever to climb to the top of one of Japan's corporate giants. Unfortunately, soon a fter, his dream job turned into a nightmare. Woodford learned about a series of bizarre mergers and acquisitions deals totaling $1.7 billion?a scandal that threatened to bring down the entire company if exposed.
Just weeks later, he was fired in a boardroom coup that shocked Japan and the business world. Woodford fled the country in fear for his life and went straight to the press?making him the first CEO of a global multinational to blow the whistle on his own company.
Now Woodford recounts his almost unbelievable true story and paints a devastating portrait of corporate Japan.
?His story is filled with mystery, suspense, and betrayal." ?Management Today
?A gripping chronicle." ?Kirkus Reviews
?I had walked into a John Grisham novel." ?Michael Woodford
"A gripping chronicle by a corporate whistle-blower who achieved a stunning victory."--"Kirkus Reviews" ""Exposure" treats readers to a fascinating inside look at bare-knuckled corporate governance...[it] should be compulsory reading for company directors and MBA students."--"The Economist" "Woodford has written a brilliantly gripping book, with a great hero at its heart. His story is all the more frightening for being true."--Rosamund Urwin, "The Evening Standard (UK)" "Michael Woodford took a considerable risk in exposing wrongdoing. He was a study of boldness in action."--Lionel Barber, editor, "Financial Times " "Woodford's reaction to the corporate malfeasance and corruption he discov-ered once he reached the top is even more noteworthy, though perhaps not surprising. Throughout his life he had demonstrated a willingness to speak out against what he perceived as treachery, even when it could result in financial harm or personal danger."--"Bloomberg BusinessWeek " "Michael Woodford could have spent years turning a blind eye to the shady dealings of corporate executives at Olympus. Instead . . . he dove headfirst into allegations of corporate misconduct."--"Time," in naming him a 2011 Person Who Mattered "Michael Woodford is a man who did not stand by and do nothing. He stood his ground and he spoke the truth. It's people like him who keep our soci-ety from falling into total darkness. Japan could use more people like him."--Jake Adelstein, author of "Tokyo Vice," from the Afterword "He's the most celebrated international whistleblower of recent times. His story is filled with mystery, suspense, and betrayal."--"Management Today" "Michael Woodford lost his job for his integrity."--"The Economist"
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 25th February 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.23