In a stunning move, OpenAI’s board of directors has announced the removal of former CEO Sama Altman in an internal memo sent to company staff, as reported by the NYtimes. The company has appointed Emmett Shear, a former executive at Twitch, as its new interim CEO.
In the memo, the board expressed their confidence in Shear’s ability to lead OpenAI and stated that they stand by their decision to oust Altman. The board members also signed the memo, affirming their support for the decision. However, the exact reasons for Altman’s dismissal were not specified in the memo.
It is reported that OpenAI’s investors, including Microsoft, were taken by surprise by Altman’s departure. Microsoft, a major investor in OpenAI, was only informed of Altman’s termination a minute before it was publicly announced. The board emphasized the importance of honesty and transparency between executives and the board of directors.
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