OpenAI CEO and face of the company, Sam Altman, is departing the company effective immediately and will also be removed from the board of directors.
Altman, recently seen on stage at OpenAI Dev Day, is being replaced after not being “consistently candid in his communications with the board.”
Chief technology officer Mira Murati has been appointed as interim CEO,while the Chairman of the Board is also stepping down.
Microsoft’s statement confirms that it’s still committed to its partnership with the OpenAI team.
OpenAI and its flagship product, ChatGPT, have been making headlines recently, but this one is closing with a different type of news. Sam Altman, the now former CEO and public face of OpenAI, is out, effective immediately. In addition, Altman will be removed from the board of directors.
OpenAI has released a public statement as a blog post, and it doesn’t sound like anything other than Altman being fired.
In the interim, OpenAI will be led by its Chief technology officer, Mira Murati, an OpenAI veteran that the board says it has complete confidence in to lead while a permanent replacement is sought. Additionally, Greg Brockman, Chairman of the Board, will be stepping down from that role while remaining at OpenAI and reporting to the CEO.
It’s a rather abrupt end for Sam Altman, shortly after he took the stage at OpenAI Dev Day to trumpet the latest innovations being added to ChatGPT. And, of course, sharing the stage with Satya Nadella, CEO of long-time partner Microsoft.
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