Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, announced that the company is recruiting Sam Altman, the former CEO of OpenAI, as well as Greg Brockman, the president.

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  • Altman will head a team as CEO for an AI research unit.
  • Despite the leadership chaos, Nadella is committed to OpenAI.
Microsoft hires Altman and Brockman after OpenAI departure.


On November 20th, Nadella expressed his immense enthusiasm in announcing that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, along with their colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to spearhead a groundbreaking AI research team. 

The post further emphasized Microsoft's unwavering dedication to its partnership with OpenAI and expressed anticipation in acquainting with their new CEO, Emmett Shear, who assumed the role after Altman's departure on November 20th. In response to Nadella's announcement, Altman retweeted the post with a simple yet powerful statement, "the mission continues."

On November 17th, Altman faced expulsion from OpenAI by the board of directors for allegedly lacking transparency in his communication with them. Consequently, Brockman decided to resign from his position on the OpenAI board.

Following his departure from OpenAI, Brockman expressed his surprise and sorrow on social media regarding the events that unfolded. Although the official statement from OpenAI states that Brockman voluntarily stepped down, his social media post revealed that he was informed of his "removal."

Meanwhile, at OpenAI, Mira Murati, the former chief technology officer, assumed the role of interim CEO for a three-day period after Altman's departure. Murati became a part of OpenAI in 2018 when it functioned as a nonprofit research center. On November 20th, the company appointed Emmett Shear as the temporary CEO of OpenAI. Shear previously served as the CEO and co-founder of the video streaming platform Twitch.