Sam Altman has been fired as CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI in a shock move Technology news

Sam Altman has been fired as CEO of ChatGPT maker OpenAI in a shock move  Technology news

The AI ​​startup says Altman “was not always forthcoming in his communications with the board.”

Sam Altman, the Silicon Valley CEO behind the AI-powered chatbots ChatGPT and GPT-4, has been abruptly fired by his company’s board in a major shakeup for the tech industry.

Microsoft-backed OpenAI said on Friday that its board had decided on a “leadership transition” after losing confidence in Altman’s ability to lead the company.

“Mr. Altman’s departure follows a deliberative review process conducted by the Board of Directors, which concluded that he was not always forthcoming in his communications with the Board, which hindered his ability to exercise his responsibilities,” the company said in a statement on its blog.

The board said they were grateful for Altman’s contributions, but decided that “new leadership is necessary as we move forward.”

The company or its board of directors did not explain the reason for Altman’s departure.

Technology CEO Mira Moratti has been named interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found to lead the $90 billion company.

Altman represented the company this week at a panel discussion at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in San Francisco.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, shortly after the announcement, Altman said he “loved working with such talented people” and that leading the company had been “transformational for me personally.”

Altman said in subsequent posts on

Unlike other tech founders like Mark Zuckerberg, Altman did not have shares in OpenAI and could be fired at any time, news site Semaphore reported earlier this year.

Altman’s sudden departure sparked a wave of reactions in the technology sector.

On Channel X, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt described Altman as a “hero” who “changed our collective world forever.”

OpenAI CEO Greg Brockman, who co-founded the startup with Altman and Elon Musk, announced shortly after the news broke that he would also be leaving the company.

“We’ve been through difficult and wonderful times together, and we’ve accomplished so much despite what should have been impossible, but based on today’s news, I’ve resigned,” he said on Channel X.

In September, New York magazine published a profile comparing the tech entrepreneur to J. Robert Oppenheimer — known as the father of the atomic bomb — and Time magazine included him on its list of the 100 most influential people in artificial intelligence in 2023.

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