OpenAI announced today that CEO Sam Altman has been fired, and will resign from his post, effective immediately. According to an announcement by OpenAI, Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati has been appointed interim CEO to lead OpenAI, while the search begins for a permanent successor to Altman.
“Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board,” the company said in a press release. The company adds that Altman failed to maintain OpenAI’s responsibilities. Therefore, the board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.
In a statement, the OpenAI board of directors says:
“OpenAI was deliberately structured to advance our mission: to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all humanity. The board remains fully committed to serving this mission. We are grateful for Sam’s many contributions to the founding and growth of OpenAI. At the same time, we believe new leadership is necessary as we move forward. As the leader of the company’s research, product, and safety functions, Mira is exceptionally qualified to step into the role of interim CEO. We have the utmost confidence in her ability to lead OpenAI during this transition period.”OpenAI board of directors
OpenAI’s board of directors consists of OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever, independent directors Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo, technology entrepreneur Tasha McCauley, and Georgetown Center for Security and Emerging Technology’s Helen Toner.
In addition to Sam Altman’s firing as CEO, Board Chairman Greg Brockman will be stepping down. He will remain in his role at the company, reporting to the CEO.
Now former CEO Sam Altman has yet to comment on the move by OpenAI. He became the full-time CEO of OpenAI in 2020,