LONDON (News21USA) – OpenAI’s interim CEO vowed on Monday to hire an independent investigator to investigate the abrupt dismissal of co-founder Sam Altman and overhaul the management team over the next 30 days as he seeks to restore confidence in the U.S. startup after a Dramatic weekend.
Former Twitch boss Emmett Shear has been appointed to lead the company behind ChatGPT, replacing Altman following his shock firing on Friday. Earlier Monday, OpenAI backer Microsoft said Altman will join the company to lead a new advanced artificial intelligence research team.
“It is clear that the process and communications surrounding Sam’s removal have been very poorly handled, which has seriously damaged our trust,” Emmett said in a post on social media platform X, describing his new job as a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Investors in OpenAI, including one of its largest, Microsoft, had been discussing damage control over the weekend from the dramatic events, including possibly pressuring the board to reinstate Altman as CEO. , fearing a mass exodus of talent without him.
Emmett outlined in his post a three-point plan for the first 30 days: hire an investigator to investigate the process leading up to “this point” and produce a full report; speak with employees, partners, investors and clients and reshape the management and leadership team in light of recent departures to make it “an effective force in driving results for our clients.”
Depending on the results, he said he would push for changes in the organization, including pushing hard for significant governance changes if necessary.
“The stability and success of OpenAI is too important to allow turmoil to disrupt it in this way. I will endeavor to address key concerns as well, although in many cases I believe it may take more than a month to make real progress.”
The reasons for Altman’s departure are unclear. OpenAI COO Brad Lightcap told staff Saturday that this was a “communications failure,” not “embezzlement.”
Emmett said he verified the reasoning before accepting the job, and Altman was not fired over any disagreements over the safety of powerful AI models.
“Their reasoning was completely different. I’m not crazy enough to take this job without the support of the board of directors to market our amazing models,” he said.