Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page has lost his voice, forcing him to be out a couple of companies forthcoming events including the next week's Google I/O Conference in San Francisco (27 to 29 June), as well as the second-quarter earnings report announcement next month, expected for some time around 19 July.
Page also sat out of the company's annual shareholders' meeting on Thursday. But, Page told employees it's nothing serious in a email stating:
"nothing seriously wrong with me," and he would "continue to run the company," according to a source who saw the internal memo, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Speaking to investors at the start of the shareholders' meeting, Eric Schmidt said, "I wanted to start by saying that Larry is very sorry he cannot be here today but he's unfortunately lost his voice. This means he "can't do any public speaking engagements for the time being," that includes today's shareholder meeting, I/O next week and our earnings call in mid-July."
Schmidt said, that "Larry will, of course, continue to run the company. He will be involved in all the strategic business decisions we make - just like today. In fact Sergey has said it may make Larry a better CEO because he will have to choose his words carefully."
Schmidt was in jovial mood, joking that co-founder Sergey Brin "has said this problem will make Larry a better CEO because he's going to have to choose his words very carefully."
During a speech in London last month, Page had to keep pausing to swallow before continuing to speak, though it's not known whether that was related to his current ailment.
Google gave no further information about Mr. Page's problems, though it said he continues to lead the company. The lack of details surrounding the matter prompted some speculation on Wall Street about whether he may have a serious medical condition.