Microsoft Hires Mustafa Suleyman, DeepMind’s Co-Founder as CEO of AI Unit

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Microsoft Hires Mustafa Suleyman, DeepMind’s Co-Founder as CEO of AI Unit
Microsoft Hires Mustafa Suleyman, DeepMind’s Co-Founder as CEO of AI Unit

“At our core, we have always been a platform and partner-led company, and we’ll continue to bring that sensibility to all we do,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a memo sent to employees Tuesday that also was posted on the company’s blog.

Mustafa Suleyman, a co-founder of DeepMind, will head Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) expanding artificial intelligence (AI) division, the firm announced on Tuesday.

The business said that Suleyman will take over as CEO of Microsoft AI and oversee the creation of several AI products, such as Microsoft Edge, Bing, and Copilot.

Suleyman was a co-founder of DeepMind, which rose to prominence in the AI industry after being purchased by Google (GOOGL) in 2014. He departed in 2022 to co-found Inflection, an AI startup, alongside Karén Simonyan, who is also departing from Inflection to become the Chief Scientist of Microsoft’s AI division.

“At our core, we have always been a platform and partner-led company, and we’ll continue to bring that sensibility to all we do,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a memo sent to employees Tuesday that also was posted on the company’s blog.

“Our AI innovation continues to build on our most strategic and important partnership with OpenAI. We will continue to build AI infrastructure inclusive of custom systems and silicon work in support of OpenAI’s foundation model roadmap, and also innovate and build products on top of their foundation models. And today’s announcement further reinforces our partnership construct and principles.”

Along with Suleyman and Simonyan, an undisclosed number of Inflection staff members are joining Microsoft, the business claims. Microsoft had already made an investment in Inflection, which announced on Tuesday that Sean White, a former executive at Mozilla, would be joining the company as CEO.

“It’s been an amazing journey, with so much more to come,” Suleyman said Tuesday in a post on the social media platform X. “Thank you to everyone for your support. Things really are just getting started.”

On Tuesday, Microsoft’s stock ended the day 1% higher at $421.41. Over the past year, the stock has increased by more than 50%.

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