- Sam Altman steps down as OpenAI CEO amidst board concerns.
- OpenAI's CTO, Mira Murati, assumes the role of interim CEO for a seamless transition.
- The board emphasizes commitment to OpenAI's mission, governance responsibility, and CEO search.
Sam Altman Steps Down Amidst Board Concerns
OpenAI announces a leadership shift as Sam Altman departs as CEO and board member. Mira Murati, the current Chief Technology Officer, assumes the role of interim CEO, effective immediately.
The departure follows a board review revealing concerns about Altman's communication transparency, leading to losing confidence in his leadership.
Seamless Transition with Mira Murati's Expertise
Mira Murati, a key member of OpenAI's leadership for five years, is considered uniquely qualified for the interim CEO role. With an extensive background in AI governance policy and a deep understanding of the company's values, operations, and business, Murati is expected to ensure a smooth transition.
The board expresses gratitude for Sam Altman's contributions while emphasizing its unwavering commitment to OpenAI's mission of advancing artificial general intelligence for the benefit of humanity.
Board's Commitment to OpenAI's Mission
OpenAI, founded initially as a non-profit in 2015, underwent a restructuring in 2019 to balance capital pursuit with its mission. Most of the board comprises independent directors, reflecting the commitment to governance responsibility.
Greg Brockman stepped down as board chairman during this transition while remaining in his role at the company, reporting to the CEO. OpenAI continues its dedication to ensuring AI benefits humanity while seeking a permanent CEO through a formal search process.