Sam Altman, one of the founders of OpenAI, has officially returned to office as the firm’s CEO, ending a whirlwind few weeks caused by his abrupt and unexpected temporary departure.
Addressing OpenAI employees in a company memo made public on Nov. 29, Altman confirmed that interim CEO Mira Murati will step down from her position and return to her previous role as chief technology officer.
Altman also confirmed the new initial board, chaired by Salesforce CEO Bret Taylor, along with Larry Summers, who previously served as the United States Secretary of the Treasury, and Adam D’Angelo, the CEO of social question-and-answer website Quora. D’Angelo was on OpenAI’s board before the saga that unfolded in mid-November. Greg Brockman will also resume his role as OpenAI’s President.
"I have never been more excited about the future. I am extremely grateful for everyone’s hard work in an unclear and unprecedented situation, and I believe our resilience and spirit set us apart in the industry. I feel so, so good about our probability of success for achieving our mission," said Altman to employees.
It was signaled to Altman that he would be reinstated as CEO on Nov. 22, only two days after he was initially fired. During that time, he agreed to lead a new advanced artificial intelligence (AI) research team at Microsoft under Satya Nadella's leadership, but that presumably fell through.
Altman revealed that Microsoft will also be included as a non-voting observer on the new board.
"We clearly made the right choice to partner with Microsoft and I’m excited that our new board will include them as a non-voting observer," he said.
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