Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, has been dismissed from his role, as announced by the company. The decision, resulting from a review process by the board, was due to concerns about Altman's candor in communications, which reportedly hindered the board's ability to effectively oversee the company. As a consequence, the board lost confidence in his leadership abilities.
Mira Murati, OpenAI's Chief Technology Officer, has been appointed as the interim CEO. The company is now actively searching for a permanent successor to lead OpenAI. The announcement of Altman's departure was made public before internal communication to OpenAI employees, as reported by multiple sources.
Sam Altman, who has been a prominent figure and the public face of OpenAI, expressed his appreciation for his time at the company in a post on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter). He reflected positively on his experience and the team at OpenAI, indicating he would share future plans at a later time.
Altman's dismissal comes as a surprise, especially given his significant role in OpenAI's recent achievements and initiatives. He has been instrumental in OpenAI's developments, including the widely popular release of ChatGPT and the company's advancements in competing with major tech firms like Microsoft and Google. His recent involvement in OpenAI's first-ever DevDay conference and appearance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference highlight his active leadership role.
Microsoft, a key investor in OpenAI, responded to the news by reaffirming its commitment to the partnership with OpenAI and support for Murati and her team.
Additionally, the company announced that co-founder Greg Brockman would be stepping down as chairman of the board but would continue to work with OpenAI. Altman, a co-founder of OpenAI, initially served alongside Elon Musk, who left the board in 2018.
This leadership change at OpenAI marks a significant shift for the company, known for its groundbreaking work in AI and its influential position in the tech industry.