In the latest turn of events, the governing body of ChatGPT has officially ousted its CEO and co-founder, Sam Altman. In response, the company has swiftly appointed Mira Murati, the Chief Technology Officer of OpenAI, to take on the interim leadership role immediately. Concurrently, the organization has initiated the search for a permanent replacement for Altman.
What led to the dismissal of Sam Altman from his position as the CEO of OpenAI?
An inquiry conducted by the OpenAI board uncovered that Sam Altman had been “inconsistent in his communication” with the board. In a released statement, the company declared that the board has lost confidence in Altman’s ability to effectively lead OpenAI. Furthermore, it was highlighted that Altman’s actions were impeding the board’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities.
Mira Murati, a mechanical engineer by profession, spent her formative years in Canada after her parents migrated from Albania. During her undergraduate years at Dartmouth College, she engineered a hybrid racecar.
Murati’s professional journey includes stints as a student intern at Goldman Sachs, contributing significantly to the creation of Tesla’s Model X vehicle, and working with Leap Motion, a startup pioneering a computer system for hand and finger movement analysis. She joined OpenAI in 2018, having left both Goldman Sachs and Tesla in the same year.
Having served as a senior product manager at Tesla for three years, Murati assumed the role of CTO at OpenAI last year. The New York Times reported her departure from both companies in 2018.
In its official statement, the company asserted that Murati’s extensive tenure, comprehensive involvement in all facets of the organization, including her expertise in AI governance and policy, uniquely qualify her for the interim CEO role. The board foresees a seamless transition under her leadership as they undertake a formal search for a permanent CEO.
Expressing her sentiments after assuming the role, Murati conveyed that she feels “honored and humbled” to step into the leadership void left by Sam Altman’s departure. Additionally, she affirmed that the company will maintain its collaborative efforts with its primary investor, Microsoft Corp.