Sam Altman Back as OpenAI CEO in Stunning New Plot Twist

Sam Altman looks set for a sensational return to the OpenAI throne today, according to reports on social media.

It’s getting difficult to keep up, but the latest twist in the drama surrounding why Sam Altman was fired now sees the former CEO poised for a stunning return to the OpenAI throne today.

An agreement has apparently been reached “in principle” that will see Sam Altman officially back at OpenAI and a new board put in place at the company, following last week’s ouster of the ChatGPT boss.

Altman seems to have confirmed the information via one of his social media accounts, saying he is “looking forward to returning” to the company he loves.

Altman Back at OpenAI, Board Rebels Now Out

Writing on X (formerly Twitter), Altman reflected on a whirlwind few days that saw him fired, rumored to return to OpenAI, definitely out at the company, and finally joining Microsoft to lead a new AI team there working on products like Copilot.

All before markets reopened on Monday.

However, now Altman is back as OpenAI CEO in a final plot twist to one of the most dramatic sagas in Silicon Valley history.

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OpenAI appeared to confirm the news on its X account, announcing an initial new-look board led by former Salesforce CEO Bret Taylor.

Altman’s return to OpenAI necessitates a massive overhaul of the company’s board because four of its members were revealed to be responsible for last week’s coup.

These are Adam D’Angelo, Tasha McCauley and Helen Toner – all non-OpenAI employees – as well as co-founder and chief scientist Ilya Sutskever.

In a major U-turn, Sutskever has now joined the ranks of the hundreds of OpenAI employees demanding Altman’s return, penning an open apology on X.

Sam Altman’s Firing Reveals OpenAI Tensions

The drama started late last week when Altman was shocking deposed as OpenAI CEO following disagreements with the company’s board.

At the time, they said that Altman was being relieved of his duties for failure to be “…consistently candid in his communications with the board.”

In actual fact, Altman’s firing was heavily rumored to be the result of tensions at the heart of OpenAI between the company’s product and research arms over the rapid pace of its developments.

Reinstated Altman is OpenAI’s Third CEO in Days

Over the weekend, an OpenAI rebellion brewed as co-founder Greg Brockman tendered his resignation and more than 500 more employees threatened to follow suit.

This led to initial talk of Altman being rapidly reinstated, though this was apparently quashed, and Microsoft – one of OpenAI’s biggest investors – swooped to ink the ChatGPT mastermind to his own roster.

In between, the company has two interim CEOs in Chief Technology Officer, Mira Murati, and former Twitch CEO and founder Emmett Shear. Spare a thought for the latter, who spoke of the OpenAI helm as a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.

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James Laird is a technology journalist with 10+ years experience working on some of the world's biggest websites. These include TechRadar, Trusted Reviews, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and The Sun, as well as industry-specific titles such as ITProPortal. His particular areas of interest and expertise are cyber security, VPNs and general hardware.
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