OpenAI’s Board of Directors has confirmed their decision to remove former CEO Sam Altman from his position, as reported by the NYtimes. Emmett Shear, a former executive at Twitch, has been appointed as the new interim CEO to drive the company forward. The board members, consisting of Adam D’Angelo, Helen Toner, Ilya Sutskever, and Tasha McCauley, announced their support for Altman’s dismissal due to his behavior and lack of transparency in his interactions with management. They stated that Altman’s actions undermined their ability to effectively oversee the company and led to their loss of confidence in him.
The firing of Altman has shocked the tech industry and OpenAI’s investors, including Microsoft, Sequoia Capital, and Thrive Capital. Microsoft learned about Altman’s departure just a minute before it was publicly announced. The board did not disclose specific incidents that led to Altman’s dismissal but emphasized its importance in preserving their ability to carry out their responsibilities and advance the organization’s mission.
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