In a surprising turn of events, Sam Altman will not be resuming his role as the CEO of OpenAI. The Information reported on Sunday that Emmett Shear, former co-founder of Twitch, will step into the position as the new interim CEO, according to a statement by board director Ilya Sutskever.
first and last time i ever wear one of these pic.twitter.com/u3iKwyWj0a
— Sam Altman (@sama) November 19, 2023
Emmett Shear, known for co-founding Twitch and recently stepping down from the Amazon.com-owned live video streaming platform, is set to lead OpenAI through this transitional phase.
Despite efforts from OpenAI executives to bring back Sam Altman, the report suggests that his return as CEO is unlikely. The Information did not provide further details, and Reuters could not immediately verify the statement from Sutskever.
Altman and former OpenAI President Greg Brockman were present at the company’s San Francisco headquarters on Sunday after interim CEO Mira Murati invited Altman back, as reported by The Information.
Sam Altman is reportedly in discussions about a potential return to OpenAI, focusing on improving the governance structure of the company. Simultaneously, Altman is contemplating the launch of a new artificial intelligence (AI) venture, as per Reuters’ report on Sunday.
The recent shake-up at OpenAI involved the board firing Altman on Friday, causing ripples in the tech industry. Altman’s unexpected departure raised concerns among current and former employees, particularly regarding the impact on an upcoming $86 billion share sale.
Altman’s potential return and the discussions with Microsoft, OpenAI’s major backer, add another layer of complexity to the situation. If Altman reprises his role, Microsoft is reportedly considering a role on the board, either as a member or a board observer without voting power, according to sources cited by The Information.
As OpenAI navigates through this period of change, Emmett Shear steps in to guide the company, leaving the question of Sam Altman’s return open-ended.