OpenAI’s board of directors has announced that Sam Altman will step down from his position as CEO of OpenAI, as well as resign from the board. Mira Murati, the current Chief Technology Officer (CTO), has been appointed as interim CEO while the search for a new CEO takes place. This change is effective immediately.
The board explained that there have been several evaluations, and it was concluded that Altman was unable to provide consistent information and communication to the board. He has often failed to fulfill his responsibilities as CEO. Therefore, the board has expressed a lack of confidence in his ability to continue as the CEO of OpenAI.
The board emphasized that OpenAI’s main mission is to create AI that benefits humanity, and this is something that must be upheld. Altman has played a significant role in the growth of OpenAI, but finding a new leader is necessary to move the company forward.
The board of directors of OpenAI includes Ilya Sutskever, the Head of AI at OpenAI, and independent directors Adam D’Angelo, CEO of Quora, Tasha McCauley, and Helen Toner. Greg Brockman serves as the chairman. It is worth noting that he has also resigned from this position, as stated in the announcement.
Meanwhile, Sam Altman posted a message on X, expressing his love for the time he has spent at OpenAI. He acknowledges the changes that have occurred both within himself and in the world because of OpenAI. He cherishes the opportunity to work with brilliant individuals and promises to share more about what he will pursue in the future.
TLDR: Sam Altman is stepping down as CEO and resigning from the board of OpenAI. Mira Murati will serve as interim CEO. The board has cited issues with Altman’s communication and performance as the reason for his departure. OpenAI’s main mission remains focused on creating beneficial AI for humanity. Altman expresses gratitude for his time at OpenAI and plans to share future endeavors.