Open AI has reportedly named former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear as its new interim CEO, replacing interim CEO Mira Muratti and ending hopes that ousted former CEO Sam Altman would return. That’s three CEOs in as many days.
Altman visited OpenAI’s offices as a guest earlier today, apparently engaging in last-chance negotiations to be reinstated. Investors in the company have been clamoring for his return, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella getting personally involved.
“First and last time wearing one,” Altman wrote on Twitter/X, captioning a selfie of himself wearing an OpenAI guest badge.
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Despite the support of one of OpenAI’s biggest investors, as well as Muratti, Altman was unable to regain the throne. Instead, Shear will now wear the crown, replacing Muratti as interim chief executive until a permanent replacement is found.
Co-founder of Twitch, Shear stepped down from his role as CEO of the Amazon-owned video streaming platform in March of this year. At the time, Shear stated that he would continue to work at Twitch as an advisor, but wanted to be present for his newborn son.
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OpenAI announced it fired Altman last Friday, saying the co-founder “has not been consistently forthright in his communications with the board, impeding his ability to exercise his responsibilities.” The company quickly replaced him with CTO-turned-interim CEO Muratti.
However, Murati publicly supported Altman, and reportedly planned to reinstate both him and former president Greg Brockman. Another Altman co-founder, Brockman stepped down as chairman of the board on Friday in solidarity with the ousted CEO.
According to Bloomberg reporter Ashley Vance, the plan was to force OpenAI’s board to fire everyone, betting they wouldn’t want to. Unfortunately for Altman, Muratti and Brockman, the board appears to have created a third option in Shear, finding a diversion from their high-stakes game of chicken.
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