May 29, 2024
Call for OpenAI Board Resignation After Altman's Removal Report
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Call for OpenAI Board Resignation After Altman’s Removal: Report

In a striking show of employee solidarity, over 700 OpenAI employees, the developers behind the popular AI chatbot ChatGPT, sent a letter to the company’s board of directors, demanding their immediate resignation.

Shared on social media by tech podcaster Kara Swisher, the letter accuses the board of undermining the company’s mission and jeopardizing its future by firing co-founder and former CEO Sam Altman and removing Greg Brockman from the board.

“We, the employees of OpenAI, have developed the best models and pushed the field to new frontiers,” the letter reads. “But the process through which you terminated Sam Altman and removed Greg Brockman from the board has jeopardized all of this work and undermined our mission and company.”

The letter alleges that the board has been “not consistently candid in its communications” with employees and has failed to provide any clear justification for Altman’s dismissal. “We have attempted to investigate why Sam was fired but have been unable to get a clear answer from the board,” the letter states. “The board has never provided any written evidence to confirm its allegations.”

It also accuses the board of failing to provide adequate leadership during a time of crisis. “The board’s actions have caused significant turmoil within the company and have damaged our reputation with the public,” the letter states. “We believe that the most stabilizing path forward would be for the board to resign and put in place a qualified board that could lead the company forward instability.”

The employee revolt comes as OpenAI faces growing scrutiny over its governance and leadership. The company has been criticized for its lack of transparency and its alleged mishandling of Altman’s ouster.

The board’s decision to fire Altman has also been met with strong opposition from investors. Several high-profile investors have publicly called for Altman’s reinstatement, arguing that he is the best person to lead the company into the future.

The situation at OpenAI is fluid, and it remains to be seen how the board will respond to the employee demands. However, the letter from employees makes it clear that there is a deep level of dissatisfaction with the board’s leadership and that the board will need to take steps to regain the trust of its employees if it wants to avoid further turmoil.

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