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This is what OpenAI CTO Murati had to do with Sam Altman’s expulsion

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This is what OpenAI CTO Murati had to do with Sam Altman’s expulsion

Sam Altman and Mira Murati.

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Two OpenAI executives expressed concerns about Sam Altman before he was fired, The New York Times reports.

Accordingly, Mira Murati, the company’s Chief Technology Officer, is said to have played a key role.

Murati’s lawyers have pushed back against the New York Times’ account.

This is a machine translation of an article from our US colleagues at Business Insider. It was automatically translated and checked by a real editor.

It’s still unclear exactly what was going on before OpenAI CEO Sam Altman was abruptly fired from the company in November – only to return less than a week later. But now the New York Times published further details in a report.

In announcing his departure, OpenAI’s board stated that it “no longer has confidence in his ability to continue to lead OpenAI” and that he “has not been consistently open in his communications.” However, this vague statement only raised more questions , which had not yet been resolved even after his return.

Die „New York Times” reported on March 7, citing unnamed sources, that the company’s chief technology officer, Mira Murati, had raised concerns about Altman’s leadership style with board members – and, in the form of a memo, with Altman himself – in October.

The sources told the Times that their behavior contributed to the board pushing Altman out of the company.

Murati briefly took over as interim CEO after Altman’s departure.

Murati’s lawyer denies the allegations

In a statement to the Times after publication, Murati’s attorney, Marc H. Axelbaum, said: “The allegations that she contacted the board to seek the firing of Mr. Altman last year or that she was responsible for the actions of Mr the board supported are simply wrong. She was perplexed by the board’s decision at the time, but is not surprised that some former board members are now trying to shift the blame onto her.”

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The Times reported that she wasn’t the only executive unhappy with Altman. Ilya Sutskever, a co-founder and chief scientist at OpenAI, also raised issues with some members of the board in October, the report said.

Some board members were concerned that Sutskever and Murati might leave OpenAI if they didn’t take action against Altman, the Times said.

Law firm WilmerHale released a report based on its investigation into the events surrounding Sam Altman’s exit and return.

OpenAI, Murati and Sutskever did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s requests for comment sent on March 7.

Murati claims she and Altman have a ‘strong and productive partnership’

In a statement to the Times, an OpenAI spokesperson said that immediately after his departure, Murati and the rest of the leadership team asked Altman to return as CEO.

“The strong support from his team underlines that he is an effective CEO who is open to different viewpoints. Who is willing to solve complex challenges and who cares about his team,” spokeswoman Hannah Wong told the Times.

Sutskever’s lawyer told the magazine it was “categorically false” that he had raised concerns with the board.

On Friday, March 8, Murati posted on X a screenshot of a Slack message she sent to OpenAI employees. In it, she disputed the Times article, saying that she and Altman have a “strong and productive partnership” and that she “has not shied away from giving him feedback directly.”

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