OpenAI’s board of directors is facing criticism from investors who are pushing for the reinstatement of Sam Altman as CEO, according to a report on November 19. Investors, including some of OpenAI’s largest shareholders, are reportedly in talks with Microsoft, the company’s main shareholder, in an effort to bring Altman back.
On November 17, OpenAI announced the removal of Sam Altman as CEO, with Mira Murati, the chief technology officer, taking over the position. The board cited issues with Altman’s communication, stating that it lacked clarity and honesty, making it difficult to understand the company’s operations comprehensively.
Thrive Capital, expected to lead a tender offer for employee shares, has not yet sent the funds, and Altman’s departure is anticipated to impact its course of action. Thrive is reportedly urging the board to reconsider and bring back both Altman and Greg Brockman, the president who departed shortly after Altman’s removal.
Brockman announced his departure, stating, “Based on today’s news, I quit,” in a post on X (formerly Twitter). Subsequent to this announcement, three senior researchers at OpenAI—Jakub Pachocki, director of research; Aleksander Madry, head of preparedness; and Szymon Sidor, senior researcher—also left the company.
Altman is reportedly willing to return to OpenAI, but under the condition that the current board steps down by the end of the weekend. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has expressed support for any decision Altman makes, as the board’s decision was reportedly surprising to him.
However, recent reports suggest that since Altman’s dismissal, he has been involved in developing a new AI venture. Additionally, there are indications that Brockman will be joining Altman in this new venture.