Anthony Petrello is the CEO and Chairman of Nabors Industries as well as a member of the Texas Children’s Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Petrello has led Nabors Industries’ investments in advanced oil drilling technologies and attracting investors to company stock.
Nabors Industries actually owns one of the world’s largest land-based drilling rig fleets as well as significant investments in offshore drilling equipment. Petrello has been with Nabors for over 25 years and has quite a resume in law prior to joining the company.
Anthony Petrello is originally from Newark, NJ and was a math genius growing up. He earned a scholarship to Yale where he studied under famous mathematician Serge Lang and completed both his bachelor’s and master’s in the field. But instead of following Lange’s footsteps in the profession Petrello decided to use his skills with numbers in the financial and legal fields. He completed a J.D. at Harvard and then started working at Baker & McKenzie law firm. He guided various clients in labor and corporate structuring issues but became especially proficient in tax laws and compliance. His expertise in these fields led Nabors Industries to pursue him for an executive leadership position which he accepted as Chief Operating Officer in 1991.
Petrello is also a husband and a father to a young daughter named Carena who has cerebral palsy. He had tried to find treatment options for her not long after she was born but to no avail. He did meet Dan and Jan Duncan who had started the Dan and Jan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at the Texas Children’s Hospital and ever since then Petrello has taken an interest in funding research for brain disorders. He joined the TCH Board of Trustees and made a $7 million contribution to the institute hoping that others will take notice of the important cause.