“The process through which you terminated Sam Altman and removed Greg Brockman from the board has jeopardized all of this work and undermined our mission and company,” the letter reads. “Your conduct has made it clear you did not have the competence to oversee OpenAI.”
I deeply regret my participation in the board’s actions. I never intended to harm OpenAI. I love everything we’ve built together and I will do everything I can to reunite the company.— Ilya Sutskever (@ilyasut) November 20, 2023
“I deeply regret my participation in the board’s actions. I never intended to harm OpenAI. I love everything we’ve built together and I will do everything I can to reunite the company,” he said of the shocking removal of the CEO on Friday, Nov. 17.
After Altman’s removal, OpenAI’s chief technology officer, Mira Murati, was appointed interim CEO. On Sunday, Nov. 19, the staff was informed that Altman would not be returning to the company despite the blowback from investors and several board members in the wake of his termination, Wired reports.
On Monday, OpenAI’s board removed Murati as CEO, appointing former Twitch leader Emmett Shear as interim CEO amid the chaos.
The remaining staff members further threatened to follow Altman to Microsoft in their letter, saying, “Microsoft has assured us that there are positions for all OpenAI employees at this new subsidiary should we choose to join,” they wrote. Employees also allege that the board failed to give substantial reasoning for Altman’s termination. “Despite many requests for specific facts for your allegations, you have never provided any written evidence,” they said.
Source: Black Enterprise