Former Twitch boss Emmett Shear is new CEO of OpenAI

Shear has ties to the AI-sceptical effective altruism movement

Shear stepped down as head of Twitch earlier this year. Picture: Bloomberg

The board of OpenAI has named Emmett Shear, the former boss of the game streaming site Twitch, as the firm’s new chief executive, defying calls from investors to reinstate the ousted Sam Altman, according to people familiar with the matter.

Shear, who stepped down as CEO of Twitch earlier this year, won over directors because he appeared to recognise the existential threats that AI presented, one of the people said.

A computer scientist who spent ...