Anthony Petrello is the Chairman and CEO of Nabors Industries, one of the world’s largest publicly-traded oil drilling contractor companies. Petrello has been a solid financial and technological leader at the company and has been compensated quite well for his efforts. But how he arrived at his current position is quite the story that his former roommate, Lloyd Grove who contributes to the Daily Beast recalls in this article.
In his reminiscence of the days he and Petrello knew each other, Lloyd Grove describes him as a math whiz who seemed to be headed for a career as a mathematician. They both attended Yale University together where Petrello was the favorite student of Serge Lang, one of the world’s most well-known mathematicians. Petrello graduated with high honors with both a bachelor’s and a master’s in Advanced Mathematics from Yale, but shockingly Petrello decided not to become a mathematics professor. Instead he went into law and served corporate clients at Baker & McKenzie where he became Managing Partner in a few years.
Anthony Petrello joined Nabors Industries in 1991 and became CEO in 2011. He’s also on the Board of Trustees at the Texas Children’s Hospital where he has contributed millions to neurological research. His passion for this philanthropy has come from his family, in particular his daughter Carena who has cerebral palsy. He made friends with Dan and Jan Duncan who helped start the neurological research institute at TCH and it was subsequently named in their honor. Since then the Petrello’s and Duncans have been fighting to bring more awareness to neurological disorders and treatment.