Microsoft hires Sam Altman, Greg Brockman after departure from OpenAI

The CEO of Microsoft announced on X that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman will be joining Microsoft after their abrupt departure as heads of OpenAI.

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Microsoft hires Sam Altman, Greg Brockman after departure from OpenAI

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella posted on X, stating that the company is hiring both former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and president Greg Brockman.

On Nov. 20, Nadella posted that he is “extremely excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, together with colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team.”

We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and have confidence in our product roadmap, our ability to continue to innovate with everything we announced at Microsoft Ignite, and in continuing to support our customers and partners. We look forward to getting to know Emmett…

— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) November 20, 2023

The post also said that the company remains committed to its partnership with OpenAI and looks forward to getting to know its new CEO Emmett Shear, who replaced Altman on Nov. 20.

Shortly after the announcement from Nadella, Altman retweeted the post with the text, “the mission continues.”

the mission continues

— Sam Altman (@sama) November 20, 2023

Altman was ousted from OpenAI by its board of directors on Nov. 17 due to being allegedly “not consistently candid in his communications with the board,” after which Brockman stepped down from his position on the OpenAI board.

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Brockman also took to social media after his departure from OpenAI and commented that he was both “shocked and saddened” by what took place. 

While the official announcement from OpenAI says he stepped down, in his post Brockman detailed that he was told he was “being removed.”

Sam and I are shocked and saddened by what the board did today.

Let us first say thank you to all the incredible people who we have worked with at OpenAI, our customers, our investors, and all of those who have been reaching out.

We too are still trying to figure out exactly…

— Greg Brockman (@gdb) November 18, 2023

In the meantime at OpenAI, former chief technology officer Mira Murati was named the interim CEO of the company. Murati joined OpenAI in 2018 when it was still operating as a nonprofit research center.

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