Emmett Shear is OpenAI’s third CEO in three days. Following the surprise resignation of former CEO Sam Altman on Friday, Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear has been named interim CEO of OpenAI. Shear’s appointment was initially reported by The Information on Sunday night. The official announcement comes about an hour after Microsoft said it had hired OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman and Sam Altman to head a new advanced AI research team.
OpenAI Appointment A Swift Decision in Challenging Times
“Today I got a call inviting me to consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the interim CEO of OpenAI,” writes Emmett Shear in a post on X (previously Twitter). “After consulting with my family and reflecting on it for just a few hours, I accepted.“
Shear stepped down as Twitch CEO earlier this year, after co-founding the Justin.tv platform, which evolved into Twitch. He is taking over as interim CEO of OpenAI during a difficult time for the organization. Following the surprise departure of Sam Altman, Mira Murati, who holds the position of Chief Technology Officer, temporarily took on the role of CEO on Friday. A number of staff members publicly showed their support for Altman during discussions with the organization’s board, indicating a potential return for him.
Navigating the Challenges Ahead
Shear conveyed a comparable message to Microsoft, affirming the ongoing strength of the partnership between the two entities. “Our collaboration with Microsoft remains robust, and my immediate focus will be on ensuring continued exceptional service to all our customers,” she mentioned. “The OpenAI team is truly exceptional, driven by a profound commitment to our mission. Regrettably, it’s apparent that the handling of Sam’s termination has significantly eroded our trust due to poor handling of the process and discussions.”
Shear’s Pledge for Stability and Progress
The complexities within the organization seem challenging to resolve, especially with Altman and Brockman transitioning to Microsoft, a significant investor reportedly holding 49 percent control. Shear aims to enlist an independent investigator to compile a report outlining the circumstances surrounding Altman’s dismissal. Furthermore, within the next 30 days, there’s a plan to restructure the management and leadership teams at the organization, anticipating possible resignations from dissatisfied executives and staff.
“OpenAI’s stability and success are too important to allow turmoil to disrupt them like this,” he argues. “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.”