Sam Altman fires board that fired him

  • November 23, 2023

Bret Taylor, former co-CEO of Salesforce, and Larry Summers, former US Treasury Secretary and President of Harvard University, have been added to the reorganized board. The new board will retain Adam D’Angelo, the CEO of Quora and a current member of the preceding board.

After assuming leadership of OpenAI since 2020, Altman, 38, made a temporary transition to a new role at Microsoft, where he oversaw the formation of an AI research team. Greg Brockman, a former president and co-founder of OpenAI, accompanied Altman on this endeavor. In the aftermath of Altman’s termination, nevertheless, a considerable proportion of OpenAI personnel voiced their dissatisfaction. The employees demanded Altman and Brockman’s reinstatement in an open letter, with the majority threatening to resign and join the pair at Microsoft. Kevin Scott, chief technology officer of Microsoft, extended an invitation to OpenAI employees contemplating resignation in light of this potential departure. Altman coming back to OpenAI signals a new era for the company, which has been at the forefront of AI research. The changes in the board, along with the return of Altman, suggest a possible realignment of the company’s leadership and strategic goals.

As part of his return, Altman has repeated his commitment to OpenAI’s mission, stating on X, “I love OpenAI, and everything I’ve done over the past few days has been in service of keeping this team and its mission together.”