In a significant development, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to X to reveal that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, former heads of OpenAI, are set to join Microsoft following their unexpected departure. Nadella expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I am thrilled to announce that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, along with their colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to spearhead a new advanced AI research team.”
The announcement, made on November 20, emphasized Microsoft’s commitment to forging ahead with its collaboration with OpenAI. Nadella expressed anticipation in working with Emmett Shear, the newly appointed CEO of OpenAI, who assumed the role on the same day Altman stepped down.
The change in leadership at OpenAI unfolded when Altman was removed from his position by the board of directors on November 17. The decision was reportedly based on concerns about the consistency of Altman’s communication with the board. Following Altman’s departure, Greg Brockman also resigned from his position on the OpenAI board.
Microsoft’s move to bring Altman and Brockman into the fold underscores the tech giant’s strategic focus on advancing AI research. As the company welcomes these seasoned leaders, it signals a new chapter in Microsoft’s pursuit of innovation and collaboration in the rapidly evolving field of artificial intelligence.