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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman Purged, President Greg Brockman Quits

Accepted submission by takyon at 2023-11-18 08:33:11

OpenAI President Greg Brockman quits as shocked employees hold all-hands meeting []

On Friday afternoon, not long after news of CEO Sam Altman's abrupt and surprising departure [] from OpenAI began spreading online, the company held an all-hands meeting at its headquarters in San Francisco, reports [] The Information. During the meeting, interim CEO Mira Murati attempted to reassure the shocked employees that the search for a new CEO is underway.

Hours later, OpenAI co-founder and president Greg Brockman posted a statement [] on X, saying that after he learned today's news he sent a message to the OpenAI team: "based on todays news, i quit." Brockman, a key technical figure involved in many of the company's successes, was relieved of his OpenAI board membership on Friday, but the company initially announced he would be staying on.

Earlier on Friday, OpenAI released a blog post [] titled "OpenAI announces leadership transition" where it announced that Atlman "was not consistently candid in his communications with the board, hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities." In a response post on X, Altman wrote [], "I loved my time at openai," and hinted at future plans without revealing any details.

OpenAI co-founder and head of research Ilya Sutskever may have led [] the "coup". Other board members involved in the removal [] include Adam D'Angelo (Quora CEO), Tasha McCauley (RAND Corporation), and Helen Toner (Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology).

See also:

WTF is going on at OpenAI? We have theories []
Why Was Sam Altman Fired As CEO of OpenAI? []
Everything We Know About OpenAI's Shocking Ouster of Sam Altman []

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