According to the Information on Sunday, which cited a statement sent by board director Ilya Sutskever to the company’s employees, Sam Altman will not be returning to his role as CEO of OpenAI, and Emmett Shear, the former head of Twitch, taking on the role of interim CEO.
The popular ChatGPT bot was launched with the assistance of the 38-year-old, who co-founded OpenAI. The company said in a statement that he was let go on Friday because the board no longer trusted him to lead.
But according to rumors over the weekend, OpenAI investors are trying to remove the company’s board and rehire Altman as CEO. Powerhouse supporters like Microsoft and top venture capital firms are pushing for his reinstatement. Furthermore, it’s said that OpenAI staff members are advocating for Altman’s return.
Sam Altman is a well-known businessman, he is an innovator in the field of artificial intelligence. Between 2019 to 2023, Altman headed OpenAI as its CEO.
Altman developed an early interest in technology and, at the age of eight, learned how to code and disassemble a Macintosh computer. He chose to leave Stanford University, a prestigious institution, to focus on creating his own smartphone app Loopt, which he eventually became the head of and moved to OpenAI.
Sam Altman’s departure from Microsoft-owned OpenAI was unexpected, the board unanimously decided to let him go. According to some sources, Altman was rehired the day after he was fired, but Nadella asked him to head Microsoft’s AI research group.