OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has been removed from the company’s board due to a perceived lack of “candid communication,” as announced by the AI startup on Friday. Following a thorough review process, the board expressed a loss of confidence in Altman’s ability to effectively lead the company, citing inconsistencies in his communication that hindered the board’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities.
The departure of Mr. Altman prompted the appointment of Mira Murati, Chief Technology Officer, as the interim CEO with immediate effect. OpenAI plans to conduct a search for a permanent CEO.
i loved my time at openai. it was transformative for me personally, and hopefully the world a little bit. most of all i loved working with such talented people.
When contacted by The Verge, OpenAI’s communications department declined to provide additional comments beyond the details shared in the official blog post. Notably, employees at OpenAI reportedly learned about this development simultaneously with the public announcement.
Sam Altman, in a farewell message on X (formerly Twitter), expressed his love for his time at OpenAI, characterizing it as transformative. This sudden turn of events is striking, considering Altman’s instrumental role as the public face of OpenAI, leading the company through the recent AI arms race with the highly praised release of ChatGPT last year. Just a week prior to his removal, Altman delivered the keynote address at the inaugural DevDay conference, unveiling significant updates to stay competitive in the AI landscape. He also participated as a speaker at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference held on Thursday.