OpenAI Welcomes Political Heavyweight Larry Summers to Revamped Board



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

OpenAI Welcomes Political Heavyweight Larry Summers to Revamped Board
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OpenAI, a leader in the artificial intelligence sector, has announced a major overhaul of its board, marking a new chapter in its governance. The company, which recently witnessed the controversial ouster and subsequent reinstatement of CEO Sam Altman, has welcomed economist Larry Summers, a former official in the Obama and Clinton administrations, to its board.

Summers' extensive experience in politics, academia, and corporate leadership, including his role as former president of Harvard University and his current positions on the boards of Block and Skillsoft, brings a wealth of expertise to the organization.

Joining Summers in this revamped leadership is Bret Taylor, former co-CEO of Salesforce and a seasoned tech executive with a strong background in computer science. Taylor's journey in the tech world, from founding Quip to his tenure as chief technology officer at Facebook during its IPO, showcases his deep understanding of the industry's dynamics.

Adam D’Angelo, CEO of Quora and a long-standing member of OpenAI's board since 2018, continues to play a pivotal role. D’Angelo's background, which includes developing software with fellow students like Mark Zuckerberg at Phillips Exeter Academy and serving as Facebook's chief technology officer, complements the board's diverse skill set.

OpenAI's Future: Stability and Innovation

The introduction of these high-profile figures follows a tumultuous period for OpenAI, characterized by Altman's abrupt dismissal and an employee-led pushback that led to his return.

The new board, which boasts more experience than its predecessor, reflects a strategic move towards stabilizing and fortifying OpenAI's governance. While details about the future board structure and its full membership remain under wraps, the current focus is on the organization's path forward.

OpenAI's brief announcement, made on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), hinted at ongoing collaborations to determine the specifics of this new phase. The tech and business communities are keenly observing how this reshuffled board will influence the company's direction, especially in a field as dynamic and impactful as artificial intelligence.