THE FIRST CEO IN HISTORY TO BECOME A WHISTLEBLOWER OF HIS OWNCORPORATION
Born in 1960, Michael grew up in the British port city of Liverpool, and after moving to the south of England spent the next 30 years of his professional life working at Olympus. In April 2011, he was appointed President of the Olympus Corporation - the first Western 'salary-man' to rise through the ranks to the top of a Japanesegiant.
That October he was also made CEO, but only two weeks later was dismissedafter querying inexplicable payments approaching $2billion.
After his bravery at Olympus, in the United Kingdom, The Sunday Times, The Independent, the Financial Times and The Sun, all awarded him the 2011/12 ‘Business Person of the Year’. This was the first time four national newspapers all chose to honour the same individual. Michael was also the winner of the ‘Association of Certified Fraud Examiners award’ “For Choosing Truth Over Self”, and in 2013 was the recipient of the inaugural Contrarian Prize. Then in 2014, in London, Michael was awarded the International Chamber of Commerce’s commercial crime services special award for “displaying courage and a sense of deep conviction towards the highest principles of corporate governance”. Then in May of 2015, at the Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan, First Annual Freedom of The Press Awards, he received the “Friend of the Free Press”award.
Michael has chronicled his unbelievable story in his bestseller true life thriller ‘Exposure: Inside the Olympus Scandal: How I Went from CEO toWhistleblower’.
Michael is married with two grown-up children and lives in London. He now spends his life writing and lecturing on business culture, and the frailties of human nature in the workplace.
Michael Woodford MBE Abridged Biography (updated 2017) [PDF, 150.53 kB]
Literary Reviews of Michael Woodford's Book - EXPOSURE [PDF, 456.76 kB]