OpenAI has a new CEO, and he used to run Twitch

Emmet Shear

Over the course of a single weekend, OpenAI has been completely turned upside down. On Friday, the company fired CEO Sam Altman. After a bit of a back-and-forth, the company was able to track down a new Lord and Master. According to reports, OpenAI brought on Emmet Shear as the new CEO.

The situation with OpenAI seems to change and shift by the hour. Just an hour after Microsoft confirmed that it had hired Sam Altman, we got the news that Emmet Shear will be taking the helm. Sheer is the co-founder of Twitch. He resigned from his post as CEO of the streaming company earlier this year.

OpenAI hired Emmet Shear, as the company keeps from sinking

The company’s chief technology officer, Mira Murati, was appointed the interim CEO over the weekend while the company was negotiating Altman’s return. Now, there’s a new sheriff in town, but this might be temporary as well, Sheer made a post on X saying, “Today I got a call inviting me to consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to become the interim CEO of @OpenAI.” In the post, he said that he mulled it over for a couple of hours before accepting the offer.

In his post, he noted that the position is an interim CEO, which means a temporary position. It seems that the company still has its options open. In any case, Sheer outlined some plans he has for the next 30 days.

He’s going to hire an independent investigator to “dig into the entire process leading up to this point and generate a full report.” Next, he’s going to speak to as many OpenAI personnel to learn as much about the company. Lastly, he’s going to reform the management and leadership team in the company.

These are pretty vague plans for the moment, but this news is still hours old; it’s still fresh from the oven. Right now, we don’t know what’s going to happen with OpenAI, as the company is dealing with fluctuating leadership, pressure from upset investors, and a mass exodus of its staff. We’ll keep you up to date on what happens next.

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