Case Study: Tony Petrello
Many captains of industry these days come from very rarified backgrounds and have followed a fairly expected educational and career path. Tony Petrello is an exception to this rule whose many successes cause him to stand out. Mr. Petrello came from modest means and grew up in a working-class area of New Jersey. From there, he accepted a scholarship to Harvard and then there was no stopping him.
After graduating from Harvard Petrello went to law school at Yale, a very prestigious school where he was one of very few people from middle and working-class backgrounds. Tony was considered a mathematical genius and many thought that he would pursue a career in academics. That, however, did not prove to be the case, and Tony Petrello began his law career in New York City after graduating from Yale Law School.
While working at the top law firm of Baker & McKenzie he started to work with one of the firm’s top oil and gas clients, Nabors Industries. This large and successful firm lured the young lawyer away, and he began working at Nabors in 1991 when he joined the company as their Chief Operating Officer.
Today he is the Chairman of the Board as well as the Chief Executive Operator at the company where he has guided them through many boom and bust cycles in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Tony Petrello is a very interesting case study as his huge success is wholly driven by his own fierce determination.