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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s termination was attributed to “a breakdown in communication between Sam and the board,” rather than “wrongdoing or anything connected to our financial, business, security, or privacy practices,” conveyed Chief Operating Officer executive Brad Lightcap in an internal company memo seen by Reuters on Saturday morning.
The board of OpenAI, renowned for its successful product ChatGPIT, removed its high-profile CEO Altman on Friday, sending ripples through the tech industry. The company appointed former Chief Technology Officer Mira Muratti as interim CEO.
Shortly after Altman’s dismissal, Brockman stepped down. Another senior researcher, Szymon Sidor, also confirmed to Reuters that he had resigned.
“After yesterday’s unexpected announcement, we engaged in several discussions with the Board to gain clarity on the reasons and procedure behind their decision. These deliberations and consideration of the “Options for the way forward have been ongoing since this morning,” noted Lightcap in the memo.
“We confirm that the board’s decision was not made in bad faith or in response to anything related to our financial, business, security, or privacy practices,” he stated. “It was a breakdown in communication between Sam and the board.”
“We still empathize with your concerns regarding the handling of the process and are endeavoring to resolve the situation,” he expressed in the note. “Our collective duty now lies with our colleagues, partners, users, customers, and the wider world who embrace our vision of broadly beneficial AGI.”
(Reporting by Anna Tong in San Francisco; Editing by Kenneth Lee and Franklin Paul)