Sam Altman returns as OpenAI CEO; Larry Summers and former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor join new board of directors

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“We have reached an agreement in principle for Sam Altman to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new initial board of Bret Taylor (Chair), Larry Summers, and Adam D’Angelo,” OpenAI wrote on X early Wednesday morning.

D’Angelo, the CEO of Quora, is the one returning member of OpenAI’s former board, which made the choice to dismiss Altman earlier than the weekend. 

OpenAI’s newest interim CEO, Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear, wrote on X that he was “deeply pleased” by Altman’s return. “This was the pathway that maximized safety alongside doing right by all stakeholders involved,” he stated.

OpenAI’s now-former board fired Altman as CEO on Friday, alleging that he was not “consistently candid” with the board. OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman stop in response, saying the board didn’t contain him within the resolution. Late Sunday, Microsoft, which has pledged to speculate $13 billion in OpenAI, introduced that Altman and Brockman would lead a new in-house AI analysis workforce.

On Monday, 700 OpenAI staff threatened to stop if the board didn’t reinstate Altman. Board member Ilya Sustkever—reportedly a key participant within the resolution to fireside Altman—publicly recanted his resolution. 

“With the new board and [with Microsoft CEO] Satya [Nadella]’s support, I’m looking forward to returning to OpenAI, and building on our strong partnership with [Microsoft],” Altman posted on X

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