Who is Mira Murati, the new CEO of OpenAI

Mira Murati is the new interim CEO and CTO of OpenAI, a research organization that aims to create and ensure the safe and beneficial use of artificial intelligence. She is also one of the leading developers of ChatGPT, a conversational chatbot that can generate realistic and engaging texts on various topics.
Murati was born in 1988 in Vlorë, Albania, a country in Southeastern Europe.She moved to Canada at the age of 16 to attend Pearson College UWC, where she graduated with an International Baccalaureate diploma in 2007. She then pursued her Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering at Dartmouth College, graduating in 2012.
Murati started her career as an intern at Goldman Sachs in 2011, and then worked at Zodiac Aerospace from 2012 to 2013. She joined Tesla in 2013 as a senior product manager of Model X, a luxury electric SUV. She left Tesla in 2016 and joined Leap Motion, a company that develops motion-sensing technology for virtual and augmented reality.
In 2018, Murati joined OpenAI as the VP of Applied AI and Partnerships, where she was responsible for commercializing OpenAI’s products and improving them through human feedback. She also served on the leadership teams that developed ChatGPT, Dall-E, and Codex, some of the most advanced and innovative AI systems in the world. ChatGPT is a chatbot that can generate natural and coherent texts on any topic, based on a large corpus of web data. Dall-E is a system that can create images from text descriptions, such as “a cat wearing a bow tie”. Codex is a system that can generate computer code from natural language commands, such as “create a website with a blue background”.
In May 2022, Murati was promoted to CTO of OpenAI, overseeing the company’s research, product and safety teams. She became the interim CEO of OpenAI in November 2023, after the board of directors fired Sam Altman, the previous CEO, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to lead the organization. Murati is the first woman and the first person of Albanian origin to hold the top position at OpenAI.
Murati said she was “honored and humbled” to step into the leadership role at the company. “We are now at a crucial juncture where our tools are being widely adopted, developers are actively building on our platforms, and policymakers are deliberating on the best ways to regulate these systems,” Murati wrote in the memo. “This is welcome progress and an opportunity to participate in a future where AI is built and used for good.”
Murati’s appointment as the interim CEO of OpenAI marks a significant transition for the company, following the dismissal of Sam Altman, the previous CEO. Her new role as CEO is a testament to her leadership abilities and her deep understanding of the AI industry. As CEO, she is expected to guide OpenAI through a critical transitional period, leveraging her technical expertise and business acumen to steer the company’s future direction.
(With inputs from agencies)


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