Google CEO Larry Page Speaks in Public for First Time Since Losing His Voice

5:06 AM PST 10/17/2012 by Georg Szalai
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He spoke with a raspy voice at the Internet giant's annual Zeitgeist conference in Arizona after an undisclosed ailment that emerged this summer.

 

Google CEO Larry Page on Tuesday spoke in public for the first time since losing his voice this summer, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The 39-year-old appeared at the Internet giant's Zeitgeist conference in Paradise Valley, Az., an annual event at which Google hosts business partners.

Speaking with a raspy voice, he addressed several hundred people for more than half an hour, the Journal said.

Page didn't disclose details about the ailment that had caused him to lose his voice earlier this year. But he mentioned the topic, saying that he was "still a little hoarse, but I'm here and I'm happy about that."

In June, Google said that Page had lost his voice and wouldn't speak for a while.

It didn't provide details of the ailment, drawing criticism from corporate governance experts who argued that any health issues affecting top executives should be explained.

Page on Tuesday discussed such topics as Google's interactions with antitrust regulators, according to the Journal. EU and U.S. regulators are looking at Google to see if it hurt online competition by driving more traffic to its own services, such as business listings pages.

It quoted him as saying that he was "hopeful" that Google would "work well" with antitrust regulators and resolve probes in the European Union and the U.S. "I do think over-regulation of the Internet and restriction of what people can do is a big risk for us," Page said.

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