What’s cooking at OpenAI, who’s coming on board after Sam Altman’s grand return?

Sam Altman, CEO of Microsoft-backed OpenAI and ChatGPT creator speaks during a talk at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel June 5, 2023.—Reuters
Sam Altman, CEO of Microsoft-backed OpenAI and ChatGPT creator speaks during a talk at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel June 5, 2023.—Reuters

In a remarkable reshuffling, OpenAI has unveiled a rejuvenated board, now graced by the esteemed Bret Taylor, erstwhile Salesforce co-chieftain. This announcement trails closely on the heels of Sam Altman’s unexpected return to the CEO mantle following a brief interlude of absence. This move accompanies a decision to reforge the governing council that had erstwhile chosen to relieve him of his duties.

This revitalized governing body now boasts luminaries such as Bret Taylor, a venerated figure in the digital realm, who, at 43, is an accomplished American computer savant and entrepreneurial spirit, currently contributing his expertise to Shopify’s board. In his new capacity, Taylor is poised to preside over the OpenAI board.

Larry Summers, a 68-year-old American economic sage and erstwhile U.S. Treasury Secretary, brings his academic prowess from his professorial role at Charles W Eliot University and his emeritus presidency at Harvard. Summers also lends his strategic acumen to the boards of Jack Dorsey’s Block Inc. and Skillsoft Corp.

Adam D’Angelo, 39, stands as a paragon of internet entrepreneurship, most noted for founding Quora. A computer science maven, D’Angelo’s résumé boasts a tenure as Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer.

These appointments herald a transformative era for OpenAI, ushering in a diversity of thought and expertise, poised to sculpt the organization’s trajectory under Altman’s reinvigorated stewardship.