OpenAI announces the return of co-founder Sam Altman as CEO

OpenAI announces the return of co-founder Sam Altman as CEO


On Tuesday, OpenAI announced the reinstatement of co-founder Sam Altman as CEO, a swift reversal following his recent dismissal by the board. This decision came shortly after Altman’s quick announcement of joining Microsoft. “We have reached an agreement in principle for Sam to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new initial board of Bret Taylor (Chair), Larry Summers, and Adam D’Angelo,” it said in a post on X

Sam Altman Swift Reversal

In a surprising turn of events, Altman secured the support of Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, for his reinstatement as OpenAI’s CEO. This unexpected twist came shortly after Nadella had hired Altman to lead a new artificial intelligence research team at Microsoft.

Staff Backlash and Threats to Quit

Altman’s initial dismissal had triggered discontent among OpenAI’s staff, with hundreds threatening to quit. A letter from the majority of the 770-strong workforce expressed their intent to follow Altman unless the board responsible for his departure resigned.

Co-founder’s Regret and Board Dynamics

Co-founder Ilya Sutskever, a member of the board that ousted Altman, expressed deep regret for his role in the decision. The board, under pressure from major investors, had appointed Emmett Shear, former CEO of Amazon’s Twitch, as Altman’s replacement.

Altman’s Optimism for the Future

With the support of the new board and Satya Nadella, Altman expressed optimism about his return to OpenAI, emphasizing the desire to build on the strong partnership with Microsoft. The leadership saga at OpenAI continues to unfold with its impact on the organization’s direction and stability.

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