Tony Petrello’s Rise To The Top Of Nabors Industries

Tony Petrello is the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of Nabors Industries, Ltd. Nabors Industries, which operates out of Houston, Texas, was founded in 1968 and has become a giant in the oil industry.

Nabors Industries drills for oil and natural gas in locations throughout North and South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company also provides rigs for offshore oil drilling, including specialty rigs for harsh conditions such as northern Alaska. Additionally, Nabors Industries supplies drilling software, technology, and other services to other oil drilling companies.

Tony Petrello first joined Nabors Industries in 1991. Under his leadership, the company has grown immensely in large part due to his strategic planning and direction and is now the largest land-based drilling contractor in the world. Prior to his work at Nabors Industries Petrello worked as a lawyer at the law firm Baker & McKenzie for 12 years, and was the Managing Partner of this law firm from 1968 until he left the company in 1991. He earned both his Bachelor’s Degree and his Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Yale University and from Harvard Law School he earned his J.D. degree.

In addition to his work at Nabors Industries, Petrello is a Board Member for Stewart & Stevenson, Hilcorp Energy Company, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Periwinkle Foundation. The Periwinkle Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to treating children and adults who are suffering from cancer as well as other life-threatening ailments. Their success rate with children is over 80%. Tony Petrello, and his wife Cynthia Petrello, also donate to the Jan and Duncan Neurological Research Institute, located at Texas Children’s Hospital, which researches and treats patients with cerebral palsy. This disease is of particular importance to them as their daughter was born with this disease.

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