Sam Altman, the former head of OpenAI, is set to reprise his role as CEO amid speculation and upheaval within the esteemed Silicon Valley AI startup.
This development comes on the heels of Altman’s recent removal by OpenAI’s board of directors, marking a significant shift as he makes a comeback to lead the prominent AI startup. The company officially disclosed this information on a Tuesday in California.
Operating under a “preliminary agreement,” Altman will reassume control under the guidance of a recently assembled board of directors. Bret Taylor, former CEO of Salesforce, will serve as the board’s chair, alongside Larry Summers, former US Treasury secretary, and Adam D’Angelo, a current OpenAI board member and CEO of Quora.
While termed an “initial” board, its composition may undergo changes in the future.
Sam Altman has shared his statement on his return to OpenAI on X:
I love OpenAI, and everything I’ve done over the past few days has been in service of keeping this team and its mission together. when I decided to join Microsoft on Sunday evening, it was clear that was the best path for me and the team. With the new board and with Satya’s support, I’m looking forward to returning to OpenAI, and building on our strong partnership with Microsoft.
Accompanying Altman in his return is Greg Brockman, previously serving as president and chairman at OpenAI. Removed from the board during Altman’s departure, Brockman resigned from OpenAI shortly after the initial announcement.