Microsoft hired the ex-CEO of OpenAI. Why his staff wants to join him.

OpenAI named ex-Twitch boss Emmett Shear as interim CEO, while outgoing chief Sam Altman is set to join backer Microsoft in a surprise turn of events for the startup at the heart of an artificial intelligence boom.

The appointments, settled late at night on Sunday, followed Mr. Altman’s abrupt departure just days earlier as CEO of the ChatGPT maker, and ended speculation that he could return.

Mr. Shear’s appointment has not ended the turmoil at the company. OpenAI’s staff have threatened to quit the artificial intelligence startup and join Mr. Altman at Microsoft, according to a letter seen by Reuters, unless the board resigns.

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