Ousted OpenAI boss to return days after being sacked
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Ousted OpenAI boss to return days after being sacked.

Just days after he was fired by the board, OpenAI co-founder Sam Altman will return as CEO.

As part of the agreement “in principle,” new board members will be appointed, according to the tech company.

After Mr Altman’s sacking on Friday, staff threatened mass resignations if he wasn’t reinstated.

As he said: “OpenAI is my favorite team, and everything I’ve done in the past few days has been in service of keeping it together.”.

Following the board’s decision to remove Mr Altman last week, co-founder Greg Brockman resigned, throwing the star artificial intelligence (AI) company into chaos.

Ilya Sutskever, a third co-founder and the firm’s chief scientist, as well as Adam D’Angelo and Tasha McCauley, made the decision.

Mr Sutskever apologized on Monday and signed the staff letter calling on the board to reverse course.

As a result, Microsoft, which uses OpenAI technology in many of its products and is OpenAI’s biggest investor, then offered Mr Altman a job as the head of a new AI research team for the company.

OpenAI announced on Wednesday that it had agreed in principle to Mr Altman’s return to the tech company and that a partial reorganization of the board of directors that had dismissed him would be carried out.

OpenAI has announced that former Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor and former US Treasury secretary Larry Summers will join the company’s current director Adam D’Angelo.

As part of a post on X, Mr Brockman also mentioned that he would be returning to the firm in the near future.

OpenAI’s interim chief executive, Emmett Shear, said he was “deeply pleased” by Mr Altman’s return after about “72 very intense hours of work”.