In a surprising move, OpenAI, the developer behind ChatGPT, has announced the removal of founder Sam Altman from his position as CEO, as per a blog post on November 17. Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati is set to step in as interim CEO. The decision was the outcome of a thorough review process by the board of directors, revealing concerns about Altman’s lack of consistent candor in communications, hindering the board’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities.
The board, emphasizing its dedication to advancing the mission of ensuring artificial general intelligence benefits humanity, expressed gratitude for Altman’s contributions to OpenAI’s founding and growth. However, they asserted the necessity for new leadership as the organization moves forward. Greg Brockman, the board’s chairman, will also step down from his position but will continue as an employee reporting to the CEO during the transition period.
The announcement highlighted Mira Murati’s qualifications, affirming the board’s utmost confidence in her ability to lead OpenAI through this transitional phase. Despite the changes in leadership, the board reinforced its commitment to the development of artificial intelligence (AI) applications aligned with their mission.
Notably, the majority of the board members are categorized as “independent directors,” holding no equity in OpenAI. This governance structure is designed to maintain objectivity and ensure decisions are made with the organization’s mission at the forefront.
Sam Altman, beyond his role at OpenAI, is also the founder of Tools for Humanity and the developer behind the crypto project Worldcoin. Altman, who could not be immediately reached for comment, leaves behind a legacy at OpenAI, and the organization now looks toward a future under the interim leadership of Mira Murati.