The personnel carousel at OpenAI continues to turn: After Sam Altman was fired, the OpenAI board has now hired Emmett Shear as interim CEO. Shear was previously CEO of Twitch. This was reported by Bloomberg reporter Emily Chang on X, formerly Twitter.
Things are currently very busy at OpenAI. After the previous CEO Sam Altman was fired without notice on Friday, the board of directors began negotiations for his reinstatement, particularly under pressure from the investor Microsoft.
OpenAI: Board was ready to resign
The board had apparently previously lost trust in Altman because he was not consistently open in communication with him. CEO Greg Brockman was also initially excluded from the video conference and then resigned from his position; he was also OpenAI’s president. Co-founder and chief scientific officer Ilya Sutskever was concerned that Altman was not taking sufficient account of the risk of OpenAI’s technology.
Microsoft, as the largest investor in OpenAI, then confirmed its relationship with the company and the continuation of the partnership. The fact that investors had put great pressure on the board to bring Altman back was also reflected in his agreement to resign.
New interim CEO Emmett Shear
The OpenAI board has now reportedly appointed Emmett Shear as chief executive officer. His career goes back to Justin.tv – essentially a live broadcast of Justin Kan’s life. This resulted in the streaming service Twitch as a gaming offshoot, of which Shear served as CEO until March of this year.
In the new twist, Altman appears to have been sidelined once again and not returning to OpenAI. Since, in addition to Brockman, some senior researchers also left the company after Altman’s dismissal, this could have an impact on the development of GPT-5 and related projects – but the specifics are still unclear. It is also currently unknown whether any of the employees who have left will return.
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