Sam Altman returns as CEO of OpenAI, says “I love OpenAI”

In a surprising turn of events, OpenAI took to Twitter to announce the return of Sam Altman as CEO. The tweet revealed a preliminary agreement for Altman’s return, outlining a new initial board featuring Bret Taylor as Chair, along with Larry Summers and Adam D’Angelo.

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. We are collaborating to figure out the details. Thank you so much for your patience through this.

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Amidst this announcement, Altman expressed his deep commitment on Twitter, stating, “I love OpenAI, and everything I’ve done over the past few days has been in service of keeping this team and its mission together.” He detailed his decision to join Microsoft on Sunday evening, deeming it the best path for both himself and the team. Altman expressed eagerness about returning to OpenAI with the support of the new board and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, emphasizing the intention to build on the strong partnership with Microsoft.

This development follows Altman’s abrupt dismissal from the AI company responsible for ChatGPT, with Microsoft promptly recruiting him and Greg Brockman, another startup co-founder. Nadella, in a CNBC interview on Monday, expressed openness to staff either remaining at OpenAI or joining the Microsoft team.