OpenAI Interim CEO Mira Murati on Friday told staff in a companywide meeting that its relationship with Microsoft—its biggest outside source of capital and computing power—was stable following the sudden firing of CEO Sam Altman, according to people with knowledge of the meeting. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and CTO Kevin Scott expressed “utmost confidence” in OpenAI following the unexpected news, Murati said, according to these people.
Murati, a longtime product leader at the company, tried to calm shell-shocked employees of the artificial intelligence developer in a meeting hastily convened after the sudden ouster of Altman. She reiterated that OpenAI was starting the search for a new CEO.
Ilya Sutskever, the company’s chief AI researcher, told staff this experience will “make us feel closer” as they pick up the pieces from Altman’s departure, these people said.