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Sam Altman in Talks for OpenAI Return; Board Restructuring Possible

In recent developments, former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman is reportedly engaging in discussions to reclaim his leadership role, just days after his dismissal. Although no final decisions have been made, sources suggest ongoing talks involving Altman, CEO Emmett Shear, and board member Adam D'Angelo, as reported by Bloomberg.


Investors, including Thrive Capital, Khosla Ventures, and Tiger Global Management, are reportedly advocating for Altman's reinstatement. The board changes could accompany Altman's return, potentially leading to a transitional board role for him. There are also speculations about former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor joining the board.


Altman's dismissal on Friday prompted significant discussions, with potential conditions tied to the departure of board members who terminated him. The Washington Post reports conflicting information about the negotiations, indicating considerations for a "stable and well-intentioned board" or Altman's return contingent on the exit of specific members.


Altman's possible move to Microsoft has added complexity to the situation, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella expressing openness to Altman returning to OpenAI. Altman and Nadella emphasize their commitment to ensuring OpenAI's continuity and thriving operations.


Meanwhile, Microsoft and Salesforce are actively recruiting OpenAI staff, responding to the 747 out of 770 workers who signed a letter threatening resignation if Altman's dismissal is not reversed.


Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott assured OpenAI colleagues of roles matching their compensation and aligned with their mission. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff pledged to match resigning OpenAI researchers and integrate them into the Salesforce Einstein Trusted AI research team.


Emmett Shear, currently serving as the interim CEO of OpenAI, is reportedly in the dark about critical details behind Altman's dismissal. Shear has indicated a willingness to step down if the board fails to communicate in writing the reasons for Altman's abrupt firing, according to Bloomberg reports.



Editor: Marina Ramzy Mourid

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