Emmett Shear to Replace Sam Altman as OpenAI CEO, According to Reports
According to a report from The Information, Sam Altman will not be returning as the CEO of OpenAI. Instead, Emmett Shear, the former boss of Twitch, will take over as the new interim CEO. Ilya Sutskever, a board director at OpenAI, made the announcement to the company’s staff.
Emmett Shear is the co-founder of Twitch, a live video streaming platform owned by Amazon.com Inc. He had previously stepped down from his position at Twitch earlier this year.
OpenAI has yet to respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Despite efforts from the company’s executives to bring him back, Altman will not be resuming his role as CEO, as stated by Sutskever. The report did not provide any further details, and Reuters was unable to verify the statement mentioned by The Information.
Altman, along with former OpenAI President Greg Brockman, visited the company’s San Francisco headquarters on Sunday. Mira Murati, the interim CEO, had invited Altman to the office, as reported by The Information.
Altman has been in discussions regarding a potential return to OpenAI. He has been focusing on improving the company’s governance structure and working on the ChatGPT bot. Additionally, Altman is also considering launching a new artificial intelligence (AI) venture, as reported by Reuters.
The board of OpenAI fired Altman on Friday, causing shockwaves throughout the tech industry. Altman was seen as the face of generative AI, and his removal has upset both current and former employees. There are concerns about how the management upheaval will impact an upcoming $86 billion share sale.
Greg Brockman, the former president and co-founder of OpenAI, also visited the office on Sunday. He had previously stepped down as chairman of the board and announced his resignation from the company on Friday.
Microsoft, OpenAI’s biggest backer, is reportedly considering a role on the board if Altman decides to return. The Information stated that Microsoft could either join OpenAI’s board of directors or have a board observer position without voting power.
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