OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, has stepped down. The business stated that OpenAI’s chief technology officer, Mira Murati, has been designated temporary CEO.
“Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities,” the company said in its blog post. “The board no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.”
Mira Murati, chief technology officer, will serve as interim CEO. The corporation will start a search for a permanent CEO replacement. The Verge contacted OpenAI’s communications staff, who declined to comment beyond the blog post.
This is a unexpected turn of events. Altman has primarily been the face of OpenAI, which likely kicked off the current AI arms race with last year’s massively successful ChatGPT.
Altman gave the keynote address at the company’s DevDay conference last week, where it announced a slew of substantial new changes to compete with other large tech companies like Microsoft and Google. He also talked on Thursday.
Altman was a co-founder of OpenAI and initially served as a co-chair of the company alongside Elon Musk. Musk left in 2018 to avoid a conflict of interest with Tesla.