Sam Altman Returns to the OpenAI board After an Inquiry

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A new statement claims that the OpenAI board was ignorant of how much Sam Altman’s sudden departure would undermine the business.

After a wild sequence of events in November 2023, in which he was fired from the business and then brought back within days, Sam Altman has rejoined the OpenAI board.
In a statement released on March 8, it was announced that Altman has rejoined the OpenAI board of directors along with three new members: Sue Desmond-Hellmann, a former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Nicole Seligman, a former executive vice president and general counsel at Sony Corporation; and Fidji Simo, chair of Instacart.

Altman was momentarily removed from his position as CEO of the company and removed from the board just four months ago.
The OpenAI board dismissed Altman in November 2023, according to a report from Cointelegraph, on the grounds that he was “not consistently candid in his communications with the board.”
Yet, 505 of the 700 workers in the company signed a letter to the board requesting their resignation because they were unhappy with the choice.
On the same day, OpenAI revealed in a different statement that WilmerHale, a law firm, had conducted interviews with many board members and examined more than 30,000 documents.
It was mentioned that the previous board had not realized how much Altman’s abrupt departure would cause instability inside the organization.

The OpenAI board chair, Bret Taylor, reaffirmed that Altman and Greg Brockman remain the company’s top picks for CEO.
Meanwhile, a series of emails between Elon Musk and OpenAI’s board members were made public on March 6. The communications discussed Musk’s intention to turn the organization into a “for-profit” business.

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