Emmett Shear, the co-founder of Twitch is now the new CEO of OpenAI. The creator of ChatGPT, OpenAI now has a third CEO in just a couple of days after the reported turmoil following the firing of Sam Altman.
Emmett Shear is now the New CEO of OpenAI
OpenAI currently has a third CEO in the space of three days in the person of Emmett Shear. After a surprising and shocking firing of former CEO Sam Altman on Friday, Emmett Shear, the co-founder of Twitch is officially taking over as interim CEO of OpenAI. The Information initially revealed the appointment of Shear on Sunday night. The official announcement in question comes just an hour after Microsoft confirmed that it had hired Sam Altman and OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman to form a new advanced AI research team.
“Today I got a call inviting me to consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to become the interim CEO of OpenAI,” Shear in a post on X said (formerly known as Twitter). “After consulting with my family and reflecting on it for just a few hours, I accepted.”
Shear Resigned As Twitch CEO in the Early Parts of This Year
Shear reportedly resigned as Twitch CEO in the early parts of this year after co-founding the Justin.tv platform that eventually turned to Twitch. He is now taking over the position of the interim CEO of OpenAI at a turbulent time for the company. Chief technology officer Mira Murati became the interim CEO of OpenAI briefly on Friday, following the shock sacking of Altman. Many employees of OpenAI showed a public display of support for Altman amid negotiations with the OpenAI board to potentially bring the sacked CEO back.
Now, Shear takes over OpenAI in a marmot shake-up close to a year after the launch of ChatGPT. “I took this job because I believe that OpenAI is one of the most important companies currently in existence,” Shear stated. “When the board shared the situation and asked me to take the role, I did not make the decision lightly. Ultimately I felt that I had a duty to help if I could.”
The Aftermath of Microsoft’s And OpenAI’s Relationship
And very much like Microsoft reiterating that the partnership with OpenAI is still very much alive, Shear had a similar message to share. “Our partnership with Microsoft remains strong, and my priority in the coming weeks will be to make sure we continue to serve all our customers well,” Shear says. “OpenAI employees are extremely impressive, as you might have guessed, and mission-driven in the extreme. And it’s clear that the process and communications around Sam’s removal have been handled very badly, which has seriously damaged our trust.”
The Plans of Shear after Resuming His New CEO Role
The turmoil at OpenAI in question will not be easy to heal, particularly in the scenario as both Altman and Brockman have joined Microsoft, an important investor that is rumored to own 49 percent of OpenAI. Shear now plans to reportedly hire an independent investigator to help generate a report on the process that led up to the firing of Altman. The new CEO is also planning to reform the management and leadership teams of OpenAI over the next couple of 30 days, amid potential resignations from unhappy OpenAI executives as well as employees.
“OpenAI’s stability and success are too important to allow turmoil to disrupt them like this,” Shear says. “I will endeavor to address the key concerns as well, although in many cases I believe it may take longer than a month to achieve true progress.”
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