06/21/2012 05:33 pm ET Updated Aug 21, 2012

Google CEO Larry Page Loses Voice, Skips Shareholder Meeting

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Larry Page sat out his company's annual shareholders' meeting on Thursday, missing only the second gathering of investors since he took the helm.

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told shareholders at the company's Mountain View headquarters that Page, who replaced Schmidt as CEO in April 2011, had "lost his voice" and would not be able to do any public speaking engagements for the time being.

Schmidt said Page continues to run the company, but that Page will also not speak at the Google developer conference next week and the company's second-quarter earnings results next month.

Page, along with co-founder Sergey Brin and Schmidt, control a majority of the Internet giant through special shares that give them more voting power.

(Reporting By Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)