Anthony Patrello, CEO, A Track Record of Business Success Despite Personal Setbacks

Anthony Patrello is a name frequently associated with success in the oil industry. The 61 year old CEO of New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed Nabors Industries has had a life of successful achievements despite harsh setbacks.

His earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mathematics from Yale University is impressive enough. However, Anthony Patrello went on to complete his Juris Doctorate from the prestigious Harvard School of Law.

Known as an inspiration leader throughout his career, Patrello worked for the Baker and MacKenzie Law Firm between 1979 and 1991 practicing international, corporate and tax law. He held the position of managing partner for 5 years before resigning. Patrello became part of the executive management team of Nabors Industries, a Standard and Poor 500 (S&P 500) listed oil, geothermal and energy corporation. Anthony Patrello has held several roles at Nabors including President and COO moving on to become President and CEO, the position that he has held since 2011. Patrello has also been Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2012. At the beginning of his involvement with the firm, Nabors was listed on the AMEX exchange and facing a number of financial challenges. By the late 1990’s, the firm’s highly successful financial turnaround led to its being listed on the NYSE and the S&P 500 and resume him.

Anthony Patrello’s personal life is no less inspirational. He and his wife Cynthia were given devastating news following their daughter’s premature birth. Carena was born after only 24 weeks and diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), a disorder commonly associated with early deliveries and the result of inadequate oxygenated blood flow to the brain. Their daughter subsequently developed cerebral palsy resulting in additional impairments with cognitive and motor skill development. In a move revealing his true inner character, Patrello donated $7 million to a children’s hospital in Texas and became an active advocate for severely disabled children. Today he holds a seat on the Board of Trustees of the hospital and more information click here.

Today Anthony and Cynthia Patrello celebrate the accomplishments of Carena, such as the progress she has made with chewing and eating meals on her own. Cynthia describes the effort required, “a million repetitions [of the task]” proudly adding “but her brain finally caught on and now owns it” and learn more about Anthony.

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