Who is on the OpenAI board of directors?

  • Samuel Harris Altman is best known as the CEO of OpenAI since 2019, and he is considered to be one of the leading figures of the AI boom.
  • Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Henry Summers joined the OpenAI board in November 2023.
  • OpenAI announces Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Nicole Seligman, and Fidji Simo to join the board in March 2024.

Samuel Harris Altman, Greg Brockman, Adam D’Angelo, Lawrence Henry Summers, Bret Steven Taylor, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Nicole Seligman, Fidji Simo are OpenAI board of directors.

Samuel Harris Altman

Samuel Harris Altman is an American entrepreneur and investor, best known as the CEO (chief executive officer) of OpenAI since 2019 (he was briefly fired and reinstated in November 2023). Altman is considered to be one of the leading figures of the AI boom.

In 2021, he set up a startup fund to support high-quality AI startups through an incubator model, paving the way for OpenAI to be embedded in massive application scenarios and exponential growth in the future.

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Greg Brockman

Greg Brockman is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software developer who is a co-founder and currently the president of OpenAI. He began his career at Stripe in 2010, upon leaving MIT, and became their CTO (chief technology officer) in 2013. He left Stripe in 2015 to co-found OpenAI, where he also assumed the role of CTO.

Adam D’Angelo

Adam D’Angelo is an American internet entrepreneur. He is best known for his role as the co-founder and CEO of Quora. In 2018, he joined the board of directors of OpenAI.

Lawrence Henry Summers

Lawrence Henry Summers is an American economist who served as the 71st United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001. In November 2023, Summers joined the board of directors of the artificial general intelligence company OpenAI.

Bret Steven Taylor

Bret Steven Taylor is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is most notable for leading the team that co-created Google Maps and his tenures as the CTO of Facebook (now Meta Platforms), as the chairman of Twitter. Since 2023, he has been chairman of OpenAI and a board member of Shopify.

Also read: Sam Altman conducts large-scale OpenAI roadshow

Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Sue Desmond-Hellmann is an American oncologist and biotechnology leader who served as the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2014 to 2020. In March 2024 she was elected as a board member of OpenAI. 

Nicole Seligman

Nicole Seligman is an American attorney and corporate director. She is the former executive vice president and general counsel of Sony and the former president of Sony Corporation of America. In March 2024, Seligman joined OpenAI’s Board of Directors.

Fidji Simo

Fidji Simo is a French-American businessperson and the CEO and Chair of Instacart. Before taking that position, she was head of the Facebook app at Facebook, and vice president of video, games, and monetization. She co-founded The Metrodora Institute, a health clinic and research institute, and is currently president of The Metrodora Foundation. In March 2024, she joined OpenAI’s board of directors.


Yun Zhao

Yun Zhao is a junior writer at BTW Media. She graduates from the Zhejiang University of Financial and Economics and majors in English. Send tips to s.zhao@btw.media.

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