Sam Altman won’t return as OpenAI CEO, ex-Twitch boss Emmett Shear will take over role: report

Sam Altman will not return as CEO of OpenAI and ex-Twitch boss Emmett Shear will become the new interim CEO, The Information reported on Sunday, citing board director Ilya Sutskever’s statement to company employees.

Shear co-founded Twitch and resigned from the live video streaming platform earlier this year.

OpenAI did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The report cites Sutskever as saying that Altman will not return to the company as CEO, despite efforts by company executives to bring him back. No other details were given in the report. Reuters could not immediately verify the statement cited by The Information.

Altman and former OpenAI president Greg Brockman joined executives at the company’s San Francisco headquarters on Sunday, after interim CEO Mira Muratti told employees she had invited Altman, The Information reported earlier Sunday.

Reuters reported on Sunday that Altman is discussing a possible return to the company behind the ChatGPAT bot and improving the company’s governance structure, even as he is considering starting a new artificial intelligence (AI) venture .

The company’s board on Friday fired Altman, who for many was the human face of generic AI, sending shockwaves through the tech industry.

Altman posted a photo of herself wearing an OpenAI guest badge on the messaging platform X on Sunday with the caption: “First and last time I’m wearing one of these.”

Altman’s dismissal angered current and former employees and left them concerned about how the sudden management upheaval might affect the upcoming $86 billion stock sale.

Brockman, former president and co-founder of OpenAI, also arrived at the office on Sunday, The Information reported. Brockman resigned as chairman of the board as part of a management shakeup and announced Friday he was leaving the company.

If Altman returns to OpenAI, Microsoft, its biggest backer, is considering playing a role on the board, The Information reported on Sunday, citing two people familiar with the talks.

The report said Microsoft could either take a seat on OpenAI’s board of directors, or as a board observer without voting rights.

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