Anthony Petrello has no easy job. He currently presides as the Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board for Nabors Industries, the world’s largest land based drilling company and a leader of innovation in the industry. In over 20 countries and several continents throughout the world Nabors has a strong foothold and also has the largest fleet of rigs of any country in the world. Oil companies seek out Nabors’ oil and gas drilling rigs and equipment to gather the oil in their various markets.
He had a previous career as a managing partner of an elite law firm in New York before coming to work with Nabors and while he didn’t have a background in oil directly the massive success Nabors Industries has seen under his leadership speaks volumes for his success.
Shifting Focus to Philanthropy
Anthony Petrello and his wife Cynthia have known for a while that they are blessed. They have always used their blessings to give back to others, but their philanthropic work took a clear path after facing one of the biggest personal challenges of their lives. The couple gave birth to baby daughter Carena in 1997 and from that day on their lives and the course of their giving changed forever.
Carena was born premature and after numerous operations she is now facing cerebral palsy for the rest of her life. After fully accepting the condition, the two did what they always do and made it their goal to push forward and to make a real difference to help facilitate finding a real treatment to help children with neurological disorders.
Starting At Home in Texas
A Lasting Commitment to Texas Children’s Hospital
When searching for advanced medical research for child’s neurological care, Anthony Petrello knew the place to start was at home first. Texas already had the world renowned Texas Children’s Hospital right in their neighborhood. The couple made the commitment that they would focus their efforts on making this institute the country’s premier hospital for research and clinical trials benefitting children with neurological disorders.
He led the path by committing $7 million with an initial $5 million donation. While he and his wife are aware that the process to coming to a cure is not a rapid one, the Anthony’s Petrello know that they must do something and they have made great strides already.
Cynthia and Anthony Petrello will continue their philanthropic work with a focus on being a part of the work that helps to treat and eventually cure neurological issues in children.