OpenAI appoints ex-Meta, Sony and InstaCart execs to board

OpenAI has announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors as a first step to its commitment to expansion.

The AI giant revealed, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Meta Director, Nicole Seligman, former EVP and General Counsel at Sony Corporation and Fidji Simo, CEO and Chair of Instacart have joined the board, alongside the newly-reappointed CEO Sam Altman.

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Alongside OpenAI, Desmond-Hellmann currently serves on the Boards of Pfizer and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

She has also previously held senior positions at Proctor and Gamble (P&G), Meta (formerly Facebook) and has previously served as President of Product Development at Genentech.

Meanwhile, Seligman currently serves on the corporate boards of Paramount Global, MeiraGTx and Intuitive Machines. She has also several senior leadership positions at Sony entities, including EVP and General Counsel at Sony Corporation.

She also served as President of Sony Entertainment and simultaneously served as President of Sony Corporation of America.

Simo, on the other hand, spent more than 15 years leading the operations, strategy and product development for some of the world’s leading businesses including Instacart and Facebook, where she was Vice President and Head of the Facebook App.

OpenAI, Chair, Bret Taylor, said: “I am excited to welcome Sue, Nicole, and Fidji to the OpenAI Board of Directors.

“Their experience and leadership will enable the Board to oversee OpenAI’s growth, and to ensure that we pursue OpenAI’s mission of ensuring artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity.”