Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has weighed in on the recent firing of Sam Altman as CEO of OpenAI, a company that Microsoft has invested heavily in. Nadella believes that OpenAI should have consulted Microsoft before removing Altman, given their partnership and investment in the company.
“It’s not even the money and the capital,” Nadella told Kara Swisher’s podcast. “As a partner, I think it does deserve you to be consulted on big decisions.” He added that there is no OpenAI without Microsoft’s involvement, and that someone needs to consider why Sam chose Microsoft twice.
Altman was removed from his position last Friday, with the board stating that he was not consistently candid in his communications with them. However, they did not provide any further details about why he was fired. The removal led to chaos over the weekend, ending with Emmett Shear being appointed as OpenAI’s new interim CEO on Monday.
Nadella announced that he had hired Altman and former OpenAI president Greg Brockman to lead Microsoft’s new advanced AI research team. However, this news has sparked controversy among OpenAI staff who have threatened to quit unless the board resigns and Altman returns as CEO. Nadella seems prepared for this possibility, stating that Microsoft will have a place for all AI talent to come forward and move forward on their mission.
Representatives for Microsoft and OpenAI did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider outside of regular business hours.