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Microsoft gave up its non-voting observer seat on the OpenAI board

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Last year, OpenAI included Microsoft as a non-voting observer on its board. OpenAI’s Board of Directors currently consists of independent directors Brett Taylor (Chairman), Sam Altman, Adam D’Angelo, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellman, retired US Army General Paul M. Nexon, Nicole Seligman, Fidge Simo and Larry Summers. Microsoft announced today that it is giving up its observer seat on OpenAI’s board. Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, Keith Dolliver, wrote a letter to OpenAI’s board on Tuesday, and its decision to leave OpenAI’s board will take effect. Effective immediately.

Here’s why Microsoft is giving up its observer seat on the OpenAI board:

  • Microsoft was given the non-voting board observer role at a time when OpenAI was in the process of rebuilding its board.
  • This observer position provided insights into the activity of the board without compromising its independence.
  • Over the past eight months, Microsoft has seen significant progress from the new board, and is confident in OpenAI’s direction.
  • So, Microsoft believes that its limited role as an observer is no longer necessary.

Although we are not part of OpenAI’s board of directors, OpenAI remains one of Microsoft’s most valued partners. An OpenAI spokesperson provided the following statement regarding Microsoft’s decision to leave the OpenAI board:

“We are grateful to Microsoft for expressing confidence in the board and direction of the company, and we look forward to the continuation of our successful partnership.”

Last week, Bloomberg reported that Apple would receive a non-voting supervisory board seat at OpenAI, in line with Microsoft’s influence. However, the Financial Times reported today that Apple is not joining OpenAI’s board. On a related note, Apple announced last month that it would integrate OpenAI’s ChatGPT into iOS, macOS, and iPadOS.

Microsoft’s departure from OpenAI’s board marks a significant milestone in their relationship, highlighting the shift from oversight to partnership. While Microsoft’s official presence on the board may end, its collaboration with OpenAI is expected to continue to flourish.

source: The Financial Times

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