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May 14, 2024

Ilya Sutskever to leave OpenAI, Jakub Pachocki announced as Chief Scientist

Below is the message CEO Sam Altman shared with the company this afternoon.

Message from Sam to the company

Ilya and OpenAI are going to part ways. This is very sad to me; Ilya is easily one of the greatest minds of our generation, a guiding light of our field, and a dear friend. His brilliance and vision are well known; his warmth and compassion are less well known but no less important.

OpenAI would not be what it is without him. Although he has something personally meaningful he is going to go work on, I am forever grateful for what he did here and committed to finishing the mission we started together. I am happy that for so long I got to be close to such genuinely remarkable genius, and someone so focused on getting to the best future for humanity.

Jakub is going to be our new Chief Scientist. Jakub is also easily one of the greatest minds of our generation; I am thrilled he is taking the baton here. He has run many of our most important projects, and I am very confident he will lead us to make rapid and safe progress towards our mission of ensuring that AGI benefits everyone.

About Jakub Pachocki

Jakub is the Chief Scientist at OpenAI, where he has led transformative research initiatives since 2017. He previously served as Director of Research spearheading the development of GPT-4 and OpenAI Five, and fundamental research in large-scale RL and deep learning optimization. He has been instrumental in refocusing the company's vision towards scaling deep learning systems. Jakub holds a PhD in theoretical computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.