OpenAI names Mira Murati as interim CEO


The Indian American was chosen for expertise in AI governance and policy, after Sam Altman and Greg Brockman were fired from the organization.

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In a sudden change of leadership, the OpenAI board of directors announced that Mira Murati, the chief technology officer (CTO), would be temporarily replacing CEO and board member Sam Altman after he was fired from the organization. As part of the leadership change, Greg Brockman was also asked to step down as chairman of the board.

“As the leader of the company’s research, product, and safety functions, Mira is exceptionally qualified to step into the role of interim CEO. We have the utmost confidence in her ability to lead OpenAI during this transition period,” the board said of Murati.

The Albania–Canadian origin Mira Murati is an exemplary leader rising from a humble start to climbing the ladder steadily through sheer dedication and hard work. Having completed her graduation in mechanical engineering at Dartmouth College, Mira worked with Tesla as a senior product manager and played a pivotal role in the development of the Model X.

In 2018, Mira embarked on a new chapter at OpenAI, initially as Vice President of AI and partnerships. Swiftly climbing the ranks, she assumed the role of Senior Vice President of research, product, and partnerships in 2020. By 2022, she had become the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), showcasing her strategic acumen and leadership skills.

The board of directors said, “OpenAI was deliberately structured to advance our mission: to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all humanity. The board remains fully committed to serving this mission. We are grateful for Sam’s many contributions to the founding and growth of OpenAI. At the same time, we believe new leadership is necessary as we move forward.”

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