In the official announcement on the X platform on November 22, OpenAI stated that they have reached an agreement in principle for Sam Altman to return. While the details were not disclosed, it was mentioned that Altman would serve as the CEO alongside the new board consisting of Bret Taylor (Chairman), Larry Summers, and Adam D’Angelo.
OpenAI did not mention Greg Brockman, who was removed from the board and left the company with Altman. However, on his personal page, Brockman stated that he would “return to OpenAI and get back to writing code,” indicating that he might assume a different technical role.
Simultaneously, Altman shared about the recent changes on his personal page: “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.”
Regarding the decision to join Microsoft on November 20, Altman stated that it was the best path for his team at that time. However, this decision has changed as the company has established a new board of directors and received support from Microsoft’s CEO.
“With the new board and the support of Satya Nadella, I look forward to returning to OpenAI and building our strong partnership with Microsoft,” Altman said.
The decision for Sam Altman and OpenAI to reunite has received widespread support. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella said that he spoke with Altman and Brockman, and they agreed that Altman’s return would ensure OpenAI continues to develop and uphold its mission.
Emmett Shear, who temporarily held the CEO position at OpenAI for less than three days, said he is “extremely pleased with the outcome after 72 hours of intense work.” Shear believes this is the right path to ensure safety and suitability for all parties involved.
Meanwhile, Ilya Sutskever, the chief scientist behind the CEO’s ousting at OpenAI, shared the announcements from OpenAI and Sam Altman but did not provide any additional comments.