An American artificial intelligence organization, OpenAI has laid off CEO Sam Altman and Chief Technology Officer. Mira Murati is appointed interim CEO to lead the company.
The company said, “Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities.”
“The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI”, the statement added.
The board of directors of OpenAI, Inc., the 501(c)(3) that acts as the overall governing body for all OpenAI activities, has announced that Sam Altman will depart as CEO and leave the board of directors.
Mira Murati, the company’s chief technology officer, will serve as interim CEO, effective immediately.
In a statement, the board of directors said, “OpenAI was deliberately structured to advance our mission: to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all humanity. The board remains fully committed to serving this mission.”
“We are grateful for Sam’s many contributions to the founding and growth of OpenAI. At the same time, we believe new leadership is necessary as we move forward”, the statement added.
The statement further said, “As the leader of the company’s research, product, and safety functions, Mira is exceptionally qualified to step into the role of interim CEO. We have the utmost confidence in her ability to lead OpenAI during this transition period.”
Greg Brockman, President and Co-founder of Open AI announced his departure on social media platform X and said, “Based on today’s news, I quit.”
In this response, Sam Altman said, “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. will have more to say about what’s next later.”