OpenAI has announced a significant change in its leadership structure. Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, will be stepping down from his role and leaving the board of directors. In his place, Mira Murati, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, has been appointed as the interim CEO with immediate effect.
Murati, a key member of OpenAI’s leadership team for five years, has been instrumental in the company’s transformation into a global AI powerhouse. Her comprehensive understanding of OpenAI’s values, operations, and business, coupled with her leadership in research, product, and safety functions, positions her as a fitting interim CEO.
The board is confident in her abilities and expects a smooth transition as they commence the search for a permanent successor.
The decision for Altman’s departure came after a thorough review process by the board, which raised concerns about his transparency in communications. This lack of candor led to a loss of confidence in his leadership capabilities by the board members.
The board of directors expressed their gratitude for Altman’s contributions to OpenAI’s inception and growth but affirmed the need for new leadership to guide the company’s future endeavors.
They emphasized their commitment to OpenAI’s mission of ensuring that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity and expressed their full support for Murati during this transitional phase.
Alongside this leadership transition, Greg Brockman will be stepping down as chairman of the board but will continue in his role within the company.