In a development that is causing Wall Street analysts to speculate that there might be more to the story, Google held its annual meeting Thursday, and the most striking news about it was the fact that co-founder and CEO Larry Page was not present.
The company told investors that Page had “lost his voice and was unable to speak” at the meeting, but they also said he would not be able to speak at next week’s Google I/O developer conference or even the company’s second-quarter earnings call.
“We have no specific reason to think there is anything more to Larry’s condition, but we find it odd that the company would already rule him out of the second quarter call, which is likely still a few weeks away,” J.P. Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth write in a note to Google investors this morning. “We think this could raise some questions among investors. We note that Larry does not appear to have posted on Google+ since May 25.”