Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Sam Altman decides to return to OpenAI as CEO. The AI startup confirmed this on Wednesday (22/11/2023).
This decision ends tough discussions, debates and persuasion over the past five days, following Altman’s sudden dismissal at the end of last week from the company he founded.
OpenAI, which is the most valuable startup in the US, said it had reached an agreement in principle for Altman’s return.
The company that owns the ChatGPT chat bot application has also reshuffled its board of commissioners.
Former Salesforce chief executive Bret Taylor, former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, and Quora founder Adam D’Angelo will be part of the AI startup’s board.
“Taylor will serve as chairman of the board,” the company said, quoted from TechCrunch.
Microsoft, which owns about 49% of OpenAI, was surprised by OpenAI’s decision last week. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella then acted quickly and recruited Altman to lead a new AI group at Microsoft.
Greg Brockman, former President of OpenAI, and many other employees chose to resign in protest at the previous decision of the OpenAI board.
“I love OpenAI, and everything I’ve done over the past few days has been to keep the team and its mission together. When I decided to join Microsoft on Sunday night, it was clear that was the best path for me and the team. With a new board and Satya’s support, I looking forward to returning to OpenAI, and building on our strong partnership with Microsoft,” Altman said in a statement posted on X.
Emmett Shear, the former Twitch CEO who was named interim leader of OpenAI on Sunday, said he was pleased with OpenAI’s new decision.
“Regarding OpenAI, I’m not sure what the right path is. It’s a path that can maximize safety while doing the right thing for all stakeholders involved. I’m happy to be part of the solution,” he wrote in X.
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