There have been many adjectives used to describe Tony (Anthony) Petrello, many of which correlate with his role with Nabors Industries Ltd; Petrello serves as the company’s President, CEO, Chairman of the Board, and lastly, a member of the company’s executive committee. Founded in 1968, Nabors Industries has operations in the U.S., the Middle East, and Africa, making it the largest natural gas and geothermal drilling contractor in the world. Although Petrello’s accomplishments in the business world are worthy of praise, his humanitarian efforts are equally noteworthy. According to an article on patch.com (an independent U.S. local news and information platform), Petrello and Nabor Industries actively participated in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston, TX. The decision to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey is not unsurprising for those who are familiar with Nabor Industries.
Like many cities impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Houston was hit particularly hard by the 2017 hurricane, causing a scarcity in supplies, flooded streets, and a multitude of damaged homes. What did Nabor Industries do to help? Collectively, the company donated over $100,000 towards relief efforts and has also, provided hands-on relief, courtesy of company employees. For Nabor Industries, the impact of Hurricane Harvey was natural disaster that hit very close to home; according to the company’s corporate communications manager, approximately 10 percent of the company’s 1,200 employees were personally impacted. Of course, this is not the first time that Nabor Industries have sprung to action in the face of a crisis. Nabor Industries has made generous donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, one of the largest and best-known breast cancer organizations in the U.S. In addition, Nabor Industries launched a charitable foundation that aims to provide educational scholarships for company employees, as well as their families. To date, the Nabor Industries have reportedly distributed over $3 million in educational scholarships.
As far as Tony Petrello’s background, he graduated from two of the most famed Ivy League schools, Yale University and Havard University. Prior to starting his career, Petrello earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Math from Yale, as well as a J.D. degree from Harvard. After completing his education, Petrello began his career in law, joining the law firm Baker and McKenzie, 1979, and by 1986, he became one of the firm’s managing partners. In 1991, Petrello severed ties with Baker and McKenzie to pursue new opportunities, which ultimately led him to Nabor Industries, where he would serve as the company’s COO, and by 1992, the company’s President.
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