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In a surprising development, negotiations for the reinstatement of ousted OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman, have collapsed, signaling an end to his potential return. The nonprofit board has chosen a new path by appointing Emmett Shear, former CEO of Twitch, as the interim CEO, succeeding Mira Murati, who had publicly aligned herself with Altman.
This marks the third change in CEO leadership within a span of three days. The information came from OpenAI board director, Ilya Sutskever, who revealed the same to the company's staff.
Altman's abrupt dismissal on Friday, citing a lack of "consistency in communication," had sparked discussions about his possible reinstatement over the weekend. However, the appointment of Shear indicates a decisive shift away from Altman's return, driven by mounting pressure from investors and the looming threat of a mass employee walkout.
The Verge reported that the remaining board members failed to meet today's 6:30AM IST deadline to resign and reinstate Altman, along with co-founder Greg Brockman. This failure resulted in a wave of staff resignations, with OpenAI employees expressing solidarity with Altman on various social media platforms.
Altman, who made a symbolic return to OpenAI's office, wearing a guest badge and declaring it the "first and last time," now appears unlikely to resume his role as CEO. Journalist Kara Swisher has revealed some details on Twitter, claiming that previous interim CEO Mira Murati expressed a wish to reintegrate Sam Altman and OpenAI's President Greg Brockman, both of whom resigned following Altman's departure.