Anthony Petrello is the CEO of one of the world’s most well-known oil drilling contractors, Nabors Industries based in Houston. Petrello got to the top of this company thanks to his expertise in corporate law and knowing how to navigate the waters of technology and finance in a highly competitive field.
As CEO and Chairman of Nabors, Petrello oversees company initiatives and guides the overall direction. Nabors Industries has built the largest land-based oil rig fleet and has also turned their focus to offshore operations. Nabors Industries drilling technology developments include horizontal wells and hybrid drilling and they’ve also streamlined operations through advanced automation software.
Anthony Petrello took an unusual career path to get to Nabors. At a young age he started working with math problems and earned a scholarship to Yale University’s mathematics school. Petrello was an excellent student who became one of the favorites of Professor Serge Lang, one of the world’s leading Algebra mathematicians. But young Petrello didn’t stay in the field even after completing both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees because financial law started interesting him. After getting his J.D. he spent 13 years working for Baker & McKenzie law firm, becoming a partner there 7 years into his tenure. Petrello first started at Nabors as Chief Operating Officer in 1991.
Anthony Petrello’s biggest achievement has been helping the Texas Children’s Hospital fund one of the nation’s most advanced neurological research facilities. He joined this institute as a trustee because he has a young daughter named Carena that was born with cerebral palsy. He and his wife Cynthia had to battle through discouraging times watching their daughter grow, but they found friends in Dan and Jan Duncan who had become interested in young children with CP, and together they partnered to help the Dan & Jan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. The Petrello’s have so far given $7 million to this institute.