Chief Executive Larry Page was a no-show at Google’s annual shareholders meeting Thursday because he has lost his voice.
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt made the announcement at the beginning of the meeting, telling shareholders that problems with his voice would also keep Page from speaking next week at Google’s annual developers conference for its Android mobile software.
A person familiar with the situation said Page is resting his voice as doctors attempt to diagnose the problem.
Page, 39, replaced Schmidt as CEO last year.
Page will also skip next month's call during which the company discusses its second-quarter earnings results. He has been a consistent presence on the calls after being roundly criticized for making only a brief statement to analysts in his first quarterly conference call as CEO in April 2011.A Google spokeswoman declined to comment on the problems Page is experiencing with his voice.
Google shareholders approved a new class of non-voting stock during the meeting, essentially guaranteeing that the company’s co-founders, Page and Sergey Brin, remain in control of Google. The approval was a formality since Page and Brin control more than 56% of the voting power at Google. A shareholder lawsuit is looking to block the move.