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On Wednesday, OpenAI that Sam Altman has officially returned to the ChatGPT-maker as CEO—accompanied by Mira Murati as CTO and Greg Brockman as president—resuming their roles from before the shocking firing of Altman that threw the company into turmoil two weeks ago. Altman said that during the crisis, the company didn’t lose any employees or customers.

“I have never been more excited about the future. I am extremely grateful for everyone’s hard work in an unclear and unprecedented situation, and I believe our resilience and spirit set us apart in the industry,” Altman wrote in an official OpenAI News Release. “I feel so, so good about our probability of success for achieving our mission.”

Altman’s statement formalized plans in motion since last week. Bret Taylor The economist Larry Summers The new members of the “new initial” OpenAI’s board of directors. Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo is keeping his previous seat on the board. Tasha McCauley, Helen Toner and Tasha Toner were also on the board of previous members Wednesday. Resignation from office. Microsoft, one of the key investors in OpenAI, will have an observer role with no voting rights on the board.

Altman addressed what was on everyone’s mind: his feelings towards Ilya Sutskever. OpenAI’s Chief Scientist, Ilya played a major role in Altman being ousted from the company. “I love and respect Ilya, I think he’s a guiding light of the field and a gem of a human being,” Altman wrote. “I harbor zero ill will towards him. While Ilya will no longer serve on the board, we hope to continue our working relationship and are discussing how he can continue his work at OpenAI.”

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman at the APEC CEO Summit at Moscone West on November 16, 2023, in San Francisco.
Click to Enlarge / OpenAI CEO Sam Altman will be at the APEC Chief Executive Summit in Moscone West, San Francisco on November 16, 2023.

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Altman also expressed his gratitude to OpenAI’s leadership and Microsoft representatives who stood by him throughout the incident. He also gave praise to EmmettShear, interim CEO of OpenAI, for his part in negotiating Altman’s comeback. “Emmett’s dedication to AI safety and balancing stakeholders’ interests was clear.”

OpenAI employees staged mass protests after Altman was fired. They signed a letter demanding his reinstatement, and threatened to resign if he wasn’t. The movement began after an Internal Memo OpenAI COO Brad Lightcap wrote a letter in which he relates discussions with board members and comes to the conclusion that Altman was not terminated due to malfeasance.

“We can say definitively that the board’s decision was not made in response to malfeasance or anything related to our financial, business, safety, or security/privacy practices,” Lightcap Writer “This was a breakdown in communication between Sam and the board.”

There’s still one key question unanswered. Why did the board lose faith in Sam Altman’s abilities? We haven’t yet heard this side of the story. We have not heard that side of the story. Interview with The Verge Altman refused to comment on the initial firing of Altman by the board. “The board is going to do an independent review here. I very much welcome that. I don’t have much else to say now, but I’m looking forward to learning more.”

He also acknowledged some people’s impatience to see OpenAI’s new structure. “Clearly, our governance structure had a problem,” Altman spoke to The Verge. “And the best way to fix that problem is going to take a while. And I totally get why people want an answer right now. But I also think it’s totally unreasonable to expect it.”

A new board chairman

Altman’s statement was accompanied in the official release by a message sent by Bret Taylor, new chairman of OpenAI, who said that OpenAI would build a “qualified, diverse Board of exceptional individuals,” They will also convene a committee independent of the board in order to investigate what caused the turmoil.

Greg Brockman previously served as chairman of OpenAI’s board of director. Brockman, Altman and Sutskever are no longer on the board. Some critics have called on OpenAI to increase the diversity of its board membership after two women, Toner and McCauley, left. OpenAI appears to have this plan, according to the announcement.

OpenAI’s governance structure will be reviewed to avoid future surprises. Taylor describes his role as temporary and stabilizing. In an X-post, “As I have communicated to board colleagues and management, when these transitional tasks have been completed, I intend to step away and leave the oversight of OpenAI in the good hands of board colleagues.”