Tony Petrello is a successful businessman who has used his background in the law and in mathematics to succeed in the oil and gas industry. His education in the legal field and in advanced mathematics have allowed him to see connections between the problems that businesses face and the possible solutions for those problems.
The wide array of skills that he has received from his math training and legal training, skills like negotiation, the capacity to perform complex calculations and the ability to read through the sorts of dense contractual language required to do business with the many partners that a corporation must be connected to in order to carry out its daily operations prepared Petrello to be effective in his role as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the oil and gas corporation Nabors Industries.
Companies involved in the oil and gas business can often find themselves doing business in places that are completely different than the country that they might have first set up their operations in. This can present some challenges to accomplishing the business objectives that a company’s leadership has set for it in a new market. One of the primary challenges that doing business presents internationally is the difficulty posed by a business’ lack of knowledge about how it should structure its operations including hiring employees and even using equipment in a way that is in compliance with a foreign government’s laws. The difference in legal environments can be very hard to manage and requires the attention of professionals that can anticipate these differences and work through them. As a lawyer that has received training from Harvard Law School Petrello is more than well-equipped to handle the difficulties that an increasingly globalized legal environment can present to companies.
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After he graduated from Harvard Law Petrello went on to work for a law firm that handled cases that fell into the world of comparative business law. Before coming to Nabors Industries Petrello rose through the ranks at Baker & McKenzie law firm where he held a very important leadership position. He eventually ascended to the senior leadership position of Managing Partner at the the New York City branch of the law firm and held the position for five years. After he ended his time with Baker and Mckenzie he would go on to make the transition from the field of corporate law to the world of oil and gas at Nabors Industries.
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