OpenAI staff threatens board to quit over Sam Altman sacking


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau

NEW YORK, 21st Nov. OpenAI on Monday has appointed former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear as its new CEO, according to media reports.

Over 500 employees of OpenAI called on the company’s board to resign in protest against Sam Altman’s sacking as CEO.

They have signed a joint letter stated they may quit and join Altman at Microsoft unless the board resigns. They have demanded Altman to be reinstated.

The employees accused the board of undermining OpenAI firm’s work.

OpenAI’s chief scientist, Ilya Sutskever is a member of the board which fired Altman has put his name to the letter.

Sutskever in a post on X, regretted his participation in the board’s actions and admitted that he made a mistake.

“Now I deeply regret my participation in the board’s actions. I never intended to harm OpenAI. I love everything we’ve built together and I will do everything I can to reunite the company”, he wrote.

The letter came after Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella’s announcement that Altman will join lead Microsoft’s new advanced AI research team.

OpenAI has appointed former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear as its new CEO.

Mira Murati, the Chief Technology Officer of OpenAI was made interim CEO of the company after Altman sacking.

The tech company’s board had sacked Altman over a Google Meet call. They shared a detailed statement in a blog giving more insights about the decision.

The board said that it has lost confidence in Altman’s abilities to lead the AI startup. It said that Altman has not been candid in his conversations with the board members lately.

Altman and Greg Brockman, OpenAI president who stepped down in solidarity with him, said that the decision came as a surprise for them as well.

Some of the OpenAI’s investors pushed the board to reinstate Altman but the board defied them and appointed Shear to lead the company.

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