OpenAI hires former Twitch boss Emmett Shear as interim CEO

Sam Altman and Greg Brockman meet with OpenAI executives at the company’s San Francisco headquarters

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in San Francisco, California, US, on November 16, 2023. —Reuters
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ChatGPT maker OpenAI has decided to name former Twitch boss Emmett Shear as interim CEO, rejecting rumors that Sam Altman could be given the job again, The Information reported on Sunday.

According to the report, board director Ilya Sutskever made the disclosure in a statement to company staff.

Shear co-founded Twitch and retired from the Inc.-owned live video streaming platform earlier this year.

OpenAI did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Altman will not return to the company as CEO despite efforts by company executives to bring him back, according to the report, citing Sutskever. The report did not provide further details. Reuters could not immediately verify the statement cited by The Information.

Altman and former OpenAI president Greg Brockman joined executives at the company’s San Francisco headquarters on Sunday after interim CEO Mira Murati told staff she invited Altman, The Information reported earlier on Sunday.

Altman is discussing a possible return to the company behind the ChatGPT bot and improving the company’s governance structure, even as he considers launching a new artificial intelligence (AI) company, Reuters reported on Sunday.

On Friday, the company’s board of directors fired Altman, who to many was the human face of generative AI, sending shockwaves through the tech industry.

Altman posted an image of himself wearing an OpenAI guest badge on messaging platform

Altman’s firing angered current and former employees and worried them about how an upcoming $86 billion stock sale could be affected by the sudden management upheaval.

Former OpenAI president and co-founder Brockman also arrived at the office on Sunday, The Information reported. Brockman had left the board as chairman as part of the management change and announced Friday that he was resigning from the company.

If Altman returns to OpenAI, Microsoft, his biggest backer, is considering taking a role on the board, Information reported on Sunday, citing two people familiar with the talks.

Microsoft could take a seat on OpenAI’s board of directors or as a board observer without voting power, the report added.

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