ChatGPT: OpenAI said in a statement that it will launch a formal search for a permanent CEO and that its Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Mira Murati, will assume the role of interim CEO.
The parent company of ChatGPT, OpenAI, stated on Friday that Sam Altman had been fired as the company’s CEO and co-founder because the “board lost confidence in his ability to lead.”
In a press release, OpenAI stated that Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process by the board, which concluded that he was not consistently candid in his communications impeded its capacity to carry out its duties on the board.
According to the statement, OpenAI will formally search for a permanent CEO, with Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Mira Murati taking over as interim CEO.
Altman confirmed the news on X, the former Twitter platform, writing, that I had a great time working at OpenAI. It changed the world a little bit, and it changed me personally as well. I most enjoyed working with such gifted individuals. Will discuss what comes next in more detail later.
With the launch of its ChatGPT chatbot in November of last year, OpenAI—which has received significant funding from Microsoft—started the generative AI trend and has since grown to become one of the most popular software applications globally.
Altman, 38, is a serial entrepreneur and investor who was the head of Y Combinator before. During his global tour this year, he represented OpenAI as the public face, demonstrating generative AI technology that can produce responses to inquiries that resemble those of a human.
In a statement, the OpenAI board of directors expressed its appreciation for Sam’s many contributions to the establishment and growth of the business. However, as we proceed, we think that new leadership is required, it said.