Who is Mira Murati? OpenAI CTO replaces abruptly ousted CEO Sam Altman

Mira Murati earlier worked with Tesla and had a key role in developing Model X

Mira Murati Mira Murati is one of the brains behind OpenAI products like ChatGPT | X, Reuters

Update: Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear has been appointed as interim CEO, said a report by The Information, citing board director Ilya Sutskever. Read more HERE. Sam Altman and Greg Brockman will join Microsoft to lead new advanced AI research team. Read more HERE.

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After the board of ChatGPT maker OpenAI pushed out its CEO Sam Altman, the company's Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati has been appointed the interim CEO, according to a statement from the company.

The OpenAI board said Altman's ouster came after a review found him not being candid in his communications, adding that it lost confidence in his ability to continue as OpenAI chief.

In the same statement, the board said Murati will serve as interim CEO while the company searches for a permanent replacement to fill the vacuum created by Altman's departure.

“Given her long tenure and close engagement with all aspects of the company, including her experience in AI governance and policy, the board believes she is uniquely qualified for the role and anticipates a seamless transition while it conducts a formal search for a permanent CEO,” the company said.

Who is Mira Murati?

Murati is one of the brains behind OpenAI products like ChatGPT and DALL-E, which is a generative AI model that produces images from text descriptions.

Born in Albania, Murati attended Pearson College UWC after moving to Canada at the age of 16. She then pursued mechanical engineering at the Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, the US. She interned as a summer analyst at Goldman Sachs in 2011 and later worked with Zodiac Aerospace. Then she joined Tesla where she worked for the development of Model X. After a couple of years at Leap Motion, a VR company, she joined OpenAI in 2018. She was promoted to chief technology officer last year.

Murati on Microsoft

Murati said OpenAI will continue its partnership with Microsoft Corporation, its largest investor, after rumours raised concerns amid Altman's dismissal. Referring to Microsoft CEO Saya Nadella and Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott, she said in a memo reviewed by Bloomberg, "I spoke with Kevin and Satya earlier today who expressed their unwavering support.”

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