OpenAI’s interim CEO Emmett Shear pledges to hire an independent investigator to probe Sam Altman’s abrupt exit and reform the management team within 30 days.
Emmett Shear Steps In as OpenAI’s Interim CEO
Emmett Shear, the former CEO of Twitch, has been appointed as the interim CEO of OpenAI, replacing co-founder Sam Altman after his sudden departure.
Rebuilding Trust and Transparency
Shear recognized the mishandling of Sam Altman’s removal, which has led to damaged trust within the organization. He plans to hire an independent investigator to look into the process leading up to Altman’s departure and communicate openly with employees, partners, investors, and customers.
Addressing Concerns and Stability
OpenAI’s stability and success are a top priority for Shear. He aims to reform the management and leadership team, and is prepared to drive significant governance changes if necessary to achieve progress and stability within the organization.
Reasons for Altman’s Exit and Future Plans
The reasons behind Sam Altman’s sudden exit from OpenAI remain unclear. It has been confirmed that his departure was not related to disagreements on the safety of powerful AI models. Shear is committed to addressing concerns and ensuring the success of OpenAI in the long term.
Response from OpenAI’s COO
OpenAI’s Chief Operating Officer, Brad Lightcap, stated that Altman’s departure was due to a ‘breakdown of communications’ and not ‘malfeasance.’