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Anthony Petrello: Oil, Gas, and Philanthropy

It can be assumed that oil executives are slick individuals with sharp suits and flashy cowboy boots. Americans seem to not show favor towards oil executives because they believe they are greedy. According to a Gallup poll, around 64% of Americans disapprove of the oil and gas industry.

This assumption is so unfair in many ways. It’s a fact that the energy sector can be harsh and in some cases very brutal but that should not contribute to the characters behind the oil and gas industry.

Anthony Petrello As A Leader

The energy business can be very intense and competitive, it requires some of the best leaders who know how to make things happen. Anthony Petrello is one of those leaders. He is the chief-executive officer of Nabors Industries, which is one of the largest landbased drilling contractors. Most companies hire organizations like Nabors to drill oil and gas wells. This is a common practice in the industry.

Anthony Petrello is a very competitive individual who looks for ways to differentiate his company from others. his background is a bit different than others in the industry. He has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mathematics and a law degree from Harvard. Petrello was born in Newark, and left his New York job as managing partner for Baker and McKenzie to become president for Nabors. He remembers working seven days a week with a
limited time to socialize.

Cynthia Petrello, his wife who is a known actress, focused on their careers together and kept only a small amount of close friends.

A Condition That Changed His Life

In 1997 Anthony Petrello and his wife, Cynthia Petrello, lives changed forever. They had a baby girl named Carena, who was born weighing only 20 ounces and experienced Periventricular leukomalacia which is a form of white matter brain injury.

With mathematical training at his fingertips he wanted to understand the cause of his daughter’s condition. In 2000 he decided to speak with the team of Associates at Eastern Hospital. Petrello put his full interest into the research of neurological diseases. Eventually he found what he was looking for at the Texas Children’s Hospital and in 2006 Anthony Petrello contributed $7 million neurological afflictions for children.

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