The boardroom turmoil at OpenAI continues after the unexpected firing of CEO Sam Altman, prompting discussions among board members regarding his potential reinstatement, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
Reports indicate that OpenAI’s investors are advocating for Altman’s return, pressing the company’s board to reverse its decision to dismiss him. Microsoft Corp., the primary shareholder of OpenAI, has been involved in discussions concerning Altman’s reinstatement, given the significant investments made in the company and the integration of its technology into Microsoft’s services, including the search engine Bing.
Despite interim CEO Mira Murati receiving support from Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, internal sources suggest that Nadella was surprised by Altman’s abrupt removal and has been in contact with him since the dismissal.
In a significant move, a faction of OpenAI staff has issued a threat to resign unless the entire board steps down and reinstates Altman as CEO, signaling internal discontent and support for Altman’s leadership.
However, parallel reports indicate that if negotiations with OpenAI do not yield a resolution, Altman might embark on launching his own venture. Former OpenAI president Greg Brockman is purportedly set to join this new initiative, which is still in its developmental stages.
The decision to dismiss Altman arose from deep-seated disagreements between the CEO and the board, encompassing divergent perspectives on AI safety, the pace of technology development, and the company’s commercialization strategies.
OpenAI’s statement on Altman’s departure highlighted concerns about communication transparency, stating that his inconsistent communication hindered the board’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities.
The fallout from Altman’s dismissal led co-founder Greg Brockman to announce his departure as well, underscoring the internal ramifications of the leadership changes within OpenAI.
Sources By Agencies