The website There is No Consensus recently published an article about the career of Tony Petrello. He started at the bottom, being from a middle class family in Newark, New Jersey. His former school friends and roommates talk about how hard working Tony Petrello was during this time. He soon focused on math, and before he knew it Yale University gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse. They offered him a scholarship and the opportunity to be tutored by the world famous mathematician Serge Lang. By the end of his studies, he had meet his wife Cynthia. He also decided to pursue Harvard Law School afterwards.
Despite being on the math career track, Tony Petrello’s switch to law would prove to be a good decision for him. He joined the firm Baker & McKenzie in 1979, and discovered his true passion was for business. Unbeknownst to him at the time, he was about to meet a client that would take his career in a new direction. The company Nabors Industry was very impressed by the work he was performing. Nabors quickly let Tony join their team. Starting at the bottom, to a mathematician, an attorney, and now a business executive, his life had new excitement at every turn.
He became Chief Operating Officer of Nabors by 1991, and just after a year he took over as president. During his tenure he made countless business decisions that lead to a steady stream of company growth over a long period. At the same time, he continued to expand his presence in the company. His business and legal experience proved over and over how he was top man to lead the company. New deals with companies such as KazMunayGas and Saudi Aramco, allowed Nabors to stay competitive in oil industry.
There are countless successful businessman in the world, but few as prolific as Tony Petrello. The experience he acquired from being a mathematician in college, to an attorney in post-college, has all culminated in his current position as a business executive. It’s been a long road, but the oil industry requires extremely knowledge people who will not settle for the present. There is always something new ahead. Nabors has become a force in the industry, and will no doubt hold its position for the foreseeable future.
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