- Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, was recently removed from his position by the company’s board of directors.
- Mira Murati, OpenAI’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), was appointed as the interim CEO following Altman’s removal.
- Greg Brockman, the chairman of the board of directors, also stepped down from his role but will remain an employee of the company.
- The board of directors expressed gratitude for Altman’s contributions to the company but emphasized the need for “new leadership” moving forward.
- The board is committed to ensuring that artificial general intelligence benefits all humanity.
Almost everyone by now, has heard about OpenAI, creators of ChatGPT.
The company’s CEO, Sam Altman was also relatively famous. However, according to a recent announcement by OpenAI, Altman has just been removed as CEO by the company’s board of directors.
Here is the full story:
Altman Removed As Openai CEO? Why?
Open AI’s board of directors made the decision to remove Altman after a “deliberative review process”.
During this process, the board of directors highlighted some “issues with communication” Altman had, and mentioned that the former CEO had a certain “lack of candor”, according to this blog post published by the company on Nov. 17.
Upon Altman’s removal, however, the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Mira Murati, was appointed as the interim (or temporary) CEO.
As a complement to Altman’s removal, the OpenAI board also announced that Greg Brockman, the chairman of the board, would be stepping down from his role as well.
Not only that, Brockman will be allowed to remain as an employee but would have to report to the CEO.
Why Did It Happen?
The blog post didn’t state any specific details about why Altman was actually removed. However, it did state that the former CEO was “not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.”
The post also claimed that “new leadership is necessary as we move forward.”
“Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.
The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.”
In the blog post, the board of directors expressed its gratitude for Altman’s contributions to the growth of the company, but also reaffirmed its commitment to the mission: “to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all humanity.”
The blog post mentions that the OpenAI board of directors consists of four members: Adam D’Angelo, the co-founder and CEO of Quora; Tasha McCauley, the co-founder and CEO of Fellow Robots; Helen Toner, the director of strategy at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology; and Ilya Sutskever, the chief scientist of OpenAI.
The post also says that the majority of the board members are “independent directors” who do not hold equity in OpenAI.
The post also stated that the board will “continue to evolve its governance structure to best serve the mission of OpenAI.”
In all, Mira Murati, the new interim CEO of OpenAI is described as someone who “brings a unique skill set, understanding of the company’s values, operations, and business, and already leads the company’s research, product, and safety function”
The board states that it believes that Murati is “uniquely qualified for the role”, and the future of OpenAI remains to be seen.
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