Spotlight

Key players in OpenAI’s boardroom saga

By codingstreets

Spotlight

Sam Altman

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Altman, who co-founded OpenAI in 2015 as a nonprofit research lab, was fired as CEO on Friday. The A.I. start-up announced Tuesday that he will return to his post.

Bret Taylor

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Taylor is a Big Tech veteran, having worked at Google, Facebook and most recently as Salesforce’s co-CEO, a post he held until early this year. He was board chair of Twitter during its acquisition by Elon Musk.

Larry Summers

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An economist and former treasury secretary under Bill Clinton, Summers was president of Harvard University until stepping down in 2006. He been a special adviser to venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Satya Nadella

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Nadella offered to hire Altman as head of Microsoft’s new AI lab if he were to leave OpenAI. The Microsoft CEO struck a deal with OpenAI to invest billions in the company earlier this year.

Emmett Shear

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Shear was named interim CEO of OpenAI to replace Altman and Mira Murati, who held the interim CEO title for just two days. Shear co-founded the video game streaming platform Twitch.

Helen Toner

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Toner is one of the four members of OpenAI’s board who voted to oust Altman. An AI and national security researcher at Georgetown University, she has been a proponent of making sure the AI industry has proper safeguards. She stepped down from the board.

Ilya Sutskever

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A highly respected AI researcher, Sutskever is OpenAI’s chief scientist and was one of the board members who ousted Altman, a move he later said he regretted. He is no longer on the board.

Greg Brockman

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Brockman was one of Altman’s co-founders at OpenAI and has been one of his chief lieutenants. He quit in solidarity when Altman was fired. When Altman was reinstated as CEO, he posted on X he is returning to OpenAI.

Mira Murati

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Murati was an early OpenAI employee who was chief technology officer up until being appointed interim CEO after Altman’s firing. The board replaced her two days later with Shear. She has supported the efforts to get Altman back to the company.

Adam D’Angelo

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D’Angelo is on OpenAI’s board and voted to oust Altman. He was Facebook’s chief technology officer in the company’s early years and went on to found Quora, the question-and-answer site.