More than two-thirds of OpenAI’s 700 staffers say they will resign unless the board is replaced following Sam Altman’s sudden exit. In a scathing memo, employees declared the board “incapable” and “jeopardized” their important work.
Signed by over 500 workers, the memo demanded all board members resign and Altman be reinstated as CEO. Saying the board “lacked judgement,” employees threatened to join Altman at his new role heading an AI unit at Microsoft.
Microsoft’s commitment to finding jobs for dissident OpenAI employees intensified the crisis. Dozens had already quit in protest over Altman’s firing. New CEO Emmett Shear vowed to investigate and reform leadership & communication.
OpenAI Chief Scientist Ilya Sutskever admitted regretting his “participation in the board’s actions.” He said he “never intended to harm OpenAI” and wants to “reunite the company.”
The board’s vague reasons for abruptly ousting Altman sparked outrage and distrust within OpenAI and beyond. With over two-thirds of its workforce now possibly defecting, the company’s future and mission are shaken to the core.