Google execs update status of CEO Larry Page's health

Google execs update status of CEO Larry Page's health

Summary: Google executives address Larry Page's health after the CEO misses the quarterly conference call.

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Google posted very solid numbers for second quarter earnings and revenue today, and you'd think everyone at the top would want to celebrate and talk about it.

However, CEO Larry Page was noticably absent from the quarterly conference call with investors and analysts on Thursday afternoon.

Page has already been missing from the public stage for a few weeks now.

Just ahead of the Internet giant's annual powwow, Google I/O, in San Francisco at the end of June, Page canceled his appearence for the keynote session.

Instead, co-founder Sergey Brin acted as the face of the company during the show.

After being probed about the current state of Page's health during the call, Google chief business officer Nikesh Arora responded, "There is no more new news of Larry. Larry has lost his voice."

Arora further explained that means Page can’t participate in any public speaking engagements at this time, but Arora asserted that Page continues to run the company and be involved in strategic decisions.

CNET reported last week that Page had returned to work while recovering from an undisclosed illness that also caused the loss of his voice.

Topics: Google, Tech Industry

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  • Seriously google? Steve Jobs has lost his voice too.

    Is that the best you can do?
    Johnny Vegas
  • I wish Larry all the best for good health but..

    I'm sure Google will continue on without him if something (G-d forbid) would happen to him.

    There are a lot of bright minds out there and many of them work for Google.

    This is much ado about nothing.
    otaddy
  • Concerned!

    Best wishes, @ Larry Page! Hope you feel better! :)
    annfan
  • I guess investors do get nervous...

    ...when the CEO doesn't make the quarterly conference call. Maybe people need to relax a bit and accept that even high profile CEOs get sick from time to time. I assume that Mr. Page's life is not in danger and even if it was, that he has at least one subordinate qualified to take his place.
    John L. Ries
  • Follow the money

    As long a the status of rock star tech exectutives can drive the stock price up or down (even briefly), the analysts will be interested. There is money to be made no matter which way the stock moves.
    Biotechguy