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Sam Altman Rejoins OpenAI as CEO

Days after his abrupt dismissal, OpenAI announced that it has reached a deal for Sam Altman to take over as CEO once again, concluding an extensive conversation about the business at the center of the artificial intelligence revolution.

The business also, in theory, consented to partially reassemble the board of directors that had fired Altman in addition to his return. Quora CEO and current director Adam D’Angelo will be joined by former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor, according to OpenAI. In an X post, Sam Altman stated, “I’m looking forward to returning to OpenAI.”

Emmett Shear, the former CEO of Twitch, was selected by OpenAI on Monday as the company’s acting CEO. Outgoing CEO Altman had announced his plan to join Microsoft. OpenAI fired Altman on Friday; neither he nor co-founder Greg Brockman, who left the business after Altman was fired, were prepared for the news. But Brockman declared in a post on X on Wednesday that he would also be joining the organization again when Altman was brought back. 

The hiring of Altman, announced by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Monday, was greeted with approval by Nadella, who described it as an initial crucial move toward achieving more reliable, well-informed, and efficient governance in a post on X.

Many employees were taken by surprise when Altman and Brockman left the company on Friday. They learned of the sudden shift in leadership through an internal letter and the company’s public blog. Nearly 96% of OpenAI’s workforce, comprising 738 individuals out of the total 770 employees, expressed their intention to resign from the organization unless the board was ousted, as conveyed in a letter initially disclosed by Wired. After the debut of OpenAI’s artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot last year, Altman gained national attention, and billions of dollars were invested in the field, sparking a race to accelerate AI research and development.

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