In an unexpected development over the weekend, Microsoft has brought on former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and past president Greg Brockman to spearhead a new advanced artificial intelligence research team. This comes after Altman and Brockman’s departure from OpenAI on Friday, when Emmett Shear was named interim CEO.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shared the news late Sunday, expressing excitement to have Altman and Brockman joining Microsoft and leading the new group focused on pushing AI boundaries. Nadella noted Microsoft’s commitment to giving founders and leaders the creative freedom to shape independent identities and cultures within the company, as seen with acquisitions like GitHub, Mojang Studios, and LinkedIn.
Altman and Brockman also commented, conveying enthusiasm about the new opportunity. Altman simply stated, “The mission continues,” while Brockman said the team will build something incredible. Initial members include former OpenAI staffers Jakub Pachocki, Szymon Sidor, and Aleksander Madry.
At the same time, Microsoft reiterated its ongoing partnership with OpenAI. Nadella expressed confidence in their product roadmap and ability to keep innovating together. He looks forward to working with the new OpenAI leadership under interim CEO Shear. This underscores Microsoft’s commitment to AI advancement through both internal research and external partnerships.