OpenAI investigation says it was wrong to fire Sam Altman

Sam Altman onstage at OpenAI DevDay.
Sam Altman. | Image: OpenAI

An independent investigation commissioned by OpenAI has found that CEO Sam Altman’s conduct “did not mandate removal.” OpenAI says Altman, who was rehired as CEO less than a week after he was suddenly fired in November, will now rejoin the the organization board.

Board chair Bret Taylor announced Friday that OpenAI is also adding Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nicole Seligman, a former legal executive at Sony, and Fidji Simo, the CEO of Instacart. They will join Taylor, Altman, Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo, and Larry Summers in governing OpenAI’s nonprofit parent company.

In a statement shared with The Verge, Taylor said the law firm WilmerHale interviewed board members, company employees, and “reviewed more than 30,000 documents” to reach the conclusion that Altman and co-founder Greg Brockman “are the right leaders for OpenAI.”