Tony Petrello is currently the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of Nabors Industries, an energy company that drills for oil on land and offshore. Nabors Industries dates back over fifty years, although it’s never been as successful as it is today. Mr. Petrello turned around failing performance by the organization when he first joined in 1991 was President and Chief Operating Officer. While his current level of success is not disputable, not everybody is aware of where he came from, where he’s been employed, and how exactly he’s become so successful. Let’s dig deeper into the career of Tony Petrello.
Tony Petrello, born Anthony, spent his younger years in Newark, New Jersey, with two working-class parents and no brothers or sisters. His friends, family members, and teachers were aware of his superb academic talents, specifically in mathematics. Mr. Petrello even participated in several math competitions in the state of New Jersey, taking them by storm. After graduating ahead of time from high school, Tony enrolled in the highly prestigious Ivy League school of Yale University.
Thanks to his outstanding mental acuity, Tony Petrello was able to attend Yale University for free. Because he was always so skilled at math, not to mention his enjoyment of solving math problems, the young Mr. Petrello decided to major in mathematics. Just like he did in high school, Tony graduated with a bachelor’s degree ahead of schedule. Immediately after earning that degree, Petrello went forward with a master’s of mathematics.
It was at this time when Mr. Tony Petrello had married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia. For some reason, Tony had an epiphany in which he didn’t want to work as a mathematician, whether it be in applied math or teaching others at the college level. Instead, Mr. Petrello decided to pursue a law degree. He did exactly this at the sought-after Harvard School of Law. Three years later, Tony Petrello had a Juris Doctorate, making him eligible to practice law.
He worked at Baker & McKenzie for several years, starting in 1979. Just seven years later, Tony was named the Managing Partner of its New York operations. While at the international law firm, he served a corporate client by the name of Nabors Industries. It was here when Mr. Petrello first heard of Nabors Industries.
After five years of working with the group, Nabors executives were able to persuade him to join the energy company in 1991. The rest is history.