OpenAI CTO Mira Murati Allegedly Played Pivotal Role in Sam Altman’s Ouster

New Delhi | Updated 08-03-2024, 12:07 pm IST

  • Sam Altman faced sudden removal as CEO of OpenAI amid doubts over leadership, with CTO Mira Murati allegedly playing a key role.
  • Murati reportedly wrote a private memo expressing concerns about Altman’s management style, contributing to his ouster.
  • An ongoing investigation by law firm WilmerHale aims to unveil the circumstances surrounding Altman’s departure and subsequent reinstatement, leaving OpenAI employees eager for clarity.

Sam Altman, the former CEO of OpenAI, faced a sudden exit from the company three months ago, with reports suggesting the involvement of CTO Mira Murati in his removal. Amid doubts over Altman’s leadership abilities, his firing sparked a chain of events, including his reinstatement after five days and subsequent overhaul of the company’s board.

A recent report from The New York Times indicates that Murati wrote a private memo to Altman expressing concerns about his management style, contributing to his removal from the CEO position. Simultaneously, OpenAI’s co-founder and chief scientist, Ilya Sutskever, reportedly expressed similar worries about Altman’s behavior, characterizing it as occasionally manipulative and fostering a toxic work environment.

While Altman’s return was supported by the majority of employees and senior leadership, questions about the circumstances surrounding his dismissal persist, with an ongoing investigation by law firm WilmerHale expected to provide clarity.

Altman, Sutskever, and Murati have refrained from commenting on the matter, leaving employees at OpenAI awaiting the investigation’s findings to shed light on the events leading to Altman’s departure and subsequent reinstatement.



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