Microsoft CEO Indicates Willingness to Consider Sam Altman’s Return to OpenAI
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on Monday that he is open to the possibility of Sam Altman returning to OpenAI following his recent dismissal from the company. Microsoft had previously announced plans to bring in Altman and former OpenAI President Greg Brockman to lead a new artificial intelligence research team, and was also prepared to hire other OpenAI employees who chose to follow Altman. Brockman resigned in protest over Altman’s removal, while Nadella expressed openness to the possibility of Altman returning to his previous role.
Nadella stated that it’s up to the people of OpenAI to decide whether to remain with the company or move to Microsoft. However, sources have indicated that Altman would be willing to return under the condition that all current board members resign. The board removed Altman as CEO, citing concerns about his communication with the board, and has yet to release further information about the decision. Overwhelmingly, OpenAI employees have expressed dissatisfaction with Altman’s removal, threatening to resign unless the current board members step down.
Despite these challenges, both Altman and Nadella have expressed a commitment to ensuring the success of OpenAI and providing continuity to partners and customers. When asked if Microsoft needs a seat on OpenAI’s board, Nadella stated that the current governance structure will likely evolve and that discussions will take place with OpenAI’s board.