Sam Altman won’t return as CEO of OpenAI, despite efforts from the company’s executives to bring him back, co-founder and board director Ilya Sutskever told staff Sunday night. After a weekend of negotiations with the board of directors that fired him Friday, as well as with its remaining leaders and top investors, Altman will not return to the startup he co-founded in 2015, this person said. Emmett Shear, co-founder of video streaming site Twitch, will take over as interim CEO, Sutskever said.
The decision could deepen a crisis precipitated by the board’s sudden ouster of Altman and its removal of President Greg Brockman from the board Friday. Brockman resigned later that day, followed by three senior researchers, threatening to set off a broader wave of departures to OpenAI’s rivals, including Google, and to a new venture Altman has been plotting in the wake of his firing.