The board of directors dismissed Sam Altman from his role as CEO of OpenAI, as reported in a blog post on November 17. This decision followed a comprehensive review process, concluding that Altman’s interactions with the board lacked consistent honesty, impeding their oversight responsibilities.
Mira Murati, the Chief Technology Officer, has been appointed as the interim CEO. OpenAI’s board expressed their full commitment to continuing the development of AI technologies, emphasizing the organization’s foundational goal of advancing artificial general intelligence for the benefit of all humanity. They affirmed their confidence in Murati’s capabilities to lead during this transition.
Despite acknowledging Sam Altman’s significant contributions to OpenAI’s establishment and growth, the board stated that new leadership is required for the future. Greg Brockman, the board’s chairman, will also leave his position but will stay on as an employee under the CEO’s supervision.
The board, comprising Adam D’Angelo, Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner, and OpenAI’s chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, predominantly features independent directors without equity in OpenAI.
Altman, also the founder of Tools for Humanity and involved in the Worldcoin crypto project, was unreachable for comment. Tools for Humanity did not respond to inquiries from Cointelegraph by the publication deadline.