The new interim CEO of OpenAI is a "product person" who supports the regulatory supervision of artificial intelligence.
On November 17, OpenAI's board of directors fired founder Sam Altman, startling the technology industry, and appointed Mira Murati as interim CEO.
Since then, the board has been under fire from the startup's key clients and investors. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft, OpenAI's largest stakeholder, is already involved in efforts to reinstall Altman as CEO.
Murati is the interim CEO in the meantime. She has been a member of OpenAI since 2018. The organization began as a nonprofit research institute but quickly evolved into the company behind the global chatbot ChatGPT.
Murati reportedly spent a summer as an analyst at Goldman Sachs before moving on to engineering positions at Zodiac Aerospace and Tesla, according to a Women's Agenda bio based on her LinkedIn profile, which is no longer available.
Murati was reportedly hired as Ultraleap's vice president of product and engineering in 2016. She began her career at OpenAI as vice president of applied AI and collaborations, eventually advancing to senior vice president of research, products, and partnerships and, in 2022, becoming chief technology officer.
The interim CEO was born in Albania and graduated from the Ivy League Dartmouth College in 2012. According to The Wall Street Journal, Murati is a "product person" who believes that AI should be used for more than just research.
"It's critical that we bring in different voices, such as philosophers, social scientists, artists, and others from the humanities," she said earlier this year in an interview with TIME Magazine. According to Murati, regulators should be included in this group of "differing voices:
"It's important for OpenAI and companies like ours to bring this into the general public's consciousness in a controlled and responsible manner." But we're a small number of people, and we need a lot more input in this system, input that extends beyond the technologies—definitely regulators, governments, and everyone else."
"It is critical for OpenAI and companies like ours to bring this into the public consciousness in a controlled and responsible manner." But we're a small group, and we need a lot more involvement in this system, input that extends beyond the technologies—certainly regulators, governments, and everyone else."
She is responsible for the creation and management of some of OpenAI's most innovative projects, including the image-generator model DALL-3, the speech-recognition tool Whisper, and the most recent version of the company's chatbot GPT-4.
Murati's profile on X (previously Twitter) demonstrates her involvement with OpenAI product development. On the social networking platform, she solely discusses new features and product updates.
Murati has not spoken publicly since the new OpenAI developments. She no longer has a LinkedIn profile, and her most recent post on X was on November 6, when ChatGPT Turbo was published.
Mira Murati is a highly qualified and experienced leader who is committed to the responsible development of artificial intelligence. Her appointment as interim CEO of OpenAI is a positive step for the company, and she is well-positioned to lead OpenAI into the future.