The board of directors of OpenAI announced on Friday that CEO Sam Altman will resign from both the business and the board as of immediate effect. Mira Murati, the chief technology officer, has been named interimCEO.
According to the company, Altman’s dismissal was the result of an internal “deliberative review process” that determined he had not” consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.” The board no longer believes he will be able to lead OpenAI as a result.
The board of directors thanked Altman for his “many contributions to the founding and expansion of OpenAI,” but says Mira is “exceptionally qualified to fill the position of interim CEO as the company’s leader of its research, product, and safety functions.” She will be able to lead OpenAI during this transitional period, and we have complete faith in that.
Ilya Sutskever, the company’s chief scientist, and Greg Brockman, its chairman and president, make up the board of directors of OpenAI. Board members include Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo, tech entrepreneur Tasha McCauley, and Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology privacy advocate Helen Toner. These advisors are independent and do not own any stock in the company. Despite having served as the company’s CEO before leaving, Altman was still regarded as an impartial advisor on the board.
There are other people involved in this shuffle besides Altman and Murati. Brockman will also resign from his position as board president, but he will report to the new CEO at OpenAI.
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