Former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear becomes new CEO of OpenAI amidst leadership turbulence- In the wake of a tumultuous weekend for OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company has swiftly appointed its new CEO—former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. This move follows the abrupt departure of Sam Altman, who was reportedly terminated due to unclear communication between the board and himself. Altman, alongside ex-president Greg Brockman, has found a new home at Microsoft, OpenAI’s major investor.
Emmett Shear, renowned for his pivotal role in Twitch’s evolution from Justin.tv to a gaming phenomenon, has assumed the leadership reins at OpenAI. Having worked at Twitch from its early days in 2007 until 2023, Shear oversaw its transformation, eventual sale to Amazon for $970 million, and the surge in popularity of video game streaming.
Former Twitch CEO Emmett Shear becomes new CEO of OpenAI amidst leadership turbulence
In a surprising turn of events, OpenAI considered rehiring Altman but ultimately opted for Shear, who brings a wealth of experience in tech leadership and a track record of success. Shear’s background extends beyond Twitch, encompassing philanthropy and advising startups, and he has previously expressed his dedication to fostering innovation in the industry.
Today I got a call inviting me to consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to become the interim CEO of @OpenAI. After consulting with my family and reflecting on it for just a few hours, I accepted. I had recently resigned from my role as CEO of Twitch due to the birth of my…
— Emmett Shear (@eshear) November 20, 2023
The announcement comes on the heels of Altman’s departure and Mira Murati’s stint as interim CEO. With three CEOs within a matter of days, Shear steps into a pivotal role tasked with stabilizing the company’s leadership.
Shear wasted no time outlining his initial plans as CEO on Twitter. His three-point agenda for the next 30 days includes hiring an independent investigator to scrutinize the events leading to Altman’s exit, engaging with stakeholders for valuable insights, and restructuring the management team to enhance effectiveness.
OpenAI recognized for its AI chatbot ChatGPT, has recently faced internal challenges and external tensions with Microsoft. While Altman had announced updates to the ChatGPT line, the company’s dynamics with Microsoft have reportedly been strained, with investment figures raising questions.
As the artificial intelligence industry continues its rapid evolution, Shear’s appointment brings anticipation and scrutiny. His strategic moves in the coming days will likely shape OpenAI’s trajectory in an increasingly competitive landscape.