According to a new Wall Street Journal article, Google, Inc., is reporting that chief executive Larry Page has lost his voice. Beyond noting that Page lost his voice, Google provides scant details about the reason or other possible health issues. The lack of additional information seems to be a bit disconcerting for those in Silicon Valley and other Google watchers who have fresh memories of the passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs after a closely held medical condition. For his part, Mr. Page sent an email to company employees stating, “there is nothing seriously wrong with me” and that he would “continue to run the company.”
Mr. Page missed the company’s annual meeting this past Thursday. He will also miss the upcoming Google I/O developers’ conference later this week and the second-quarter earnings conference call expected to be scheduled for mid-July. Doug Anmuth, a stock analyst with JP Morgan, notes that Page has not made any public posts on his Google+ account since late May. The absences and lack of activity are only adding to the speculation that something more serious may be behind the announcement.
Reports indicate that Google co-founder Sergey Brin noted lightheartedly that losing his voice “will make Larry a better CEO because he’s going to have to choose his words very carefully.” Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt indicates Page continues “to run the company, he’s running all the strategic business decisions and all that.” Others inside the company have provided similar reassurances that the situation is just a minor one involving Page’s voice.
Hopefully Mr. Page’s condition truly is one that is not serious and we will soon hear from him again. Until then, work continues at Google and our own Stacy Bruce will be at Google I/O getting all the juicy details first hand.
source: Wall Street Journal