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How Tony Petrello Came To Lead Nabors Industries

Tony Petrello is the top executive at Nabors Industries. He is the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of this oil industry giant. Nabors Industries is not only the largest land-based oil driller in the world but it is also the leader in supplying offshore drilling companies with oil drilling platforms, services, and technology.

As the top person at Nabors Industries, Tony Petrello sees to the day to day operations of the company as well as its strategic vision. He first joined Nabors Industries in 1991. Before that, he was an attorney at a New York law firm called Baker & McKenzie. At Baker & McKenzie, his legal expertises were in taxation, corporate law, and international arbitration. He worked at this law firm for 12 years, for six of which he was the Managing Partner. In addition to his role at Nabors Industries, Tony Petrello also serves on the board of two other oil industry companies, Stewart & Stevenson, LLC, and Hilcorp Energy Company.

As the parent of a child who has cerebral palsy, Tony Petrello is dedicated to providing funding and support to medical researchers who are developing therapies to treat cerebral palsy and other childhood neurological disorders. He has donated $5 million, with an additional $2 million pledged, to the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute which is located at the Texas Children’s Hosptial in Houston, Texas. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for this hospital and advocates for the children that it serves.

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From Radio to Podcasts With Norman Pattiz

Norman Pattiz has recently added a new network, PodcastOne, to his list of media achievements. Coming from over 40 years of experience in broadcasting, Mr. Pattiz is responsible for Westwood One and Courtside Entertainment Group. He quickly recognized the untapped podcast market and launched PodcastOne in 2012. Today the network hosts a number of celebrities including Adam Carolla, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Austin, Dr. Drew, and a more. In addition to celebrities, PodcastOne is home to famous shows like WNYC’s Radiolab, Freakonomics, and over 200 other popular podcasts.

 

Mr. Pattiz credits his creation partially to his meeting with Kit Gray, who was already representing several individual podcasts. He quickly saw the opportunity and created PodcastOne. He is still excited about the four-year adventure stating that no day is ever the same. He is hands on with all aspects from finding talent, generating ads, and dealing with technology. He understands great ideas but is exceptional at implementation noting that the key to success is being the first one in and last one out.

 

Norman Pattiz founded Westwood One, the largest radio network in America, and before the launch of his new company PodcastOne. Westwood One is famous for providing news, sports, talk radio, entertainment, and traffic updates. The network also owns, manages, and distributes a huge number of popular stations such as NBC radio, CBS News, CNN radio, NFL, NCAA, the Olympics, and more.

 

Norman Pattiz was selected by President Clinton to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) for the United States of America. Norman was later reappointed by President Bush to the same position. The BBG is responsible for all US nonmilitary broadcasting including “The Voice of America”, “Radio Free Europe”, “Radio Liberty”, and a number of other broadcasts. Mr. Pattiz later created and launched America’s Arabic Language radio and TV services to the entire Middle East; a total of 22 countries. He also created a Farsi-language broadcast directed at Iran reaching an audience of over 40 million.

 

Mr. Pattiz has a diverse educational background in addition to his achievements in broadcasting. He serves as a Regent of the University of California, Chairman of Lawrence Livermore, and on the board of the National Securities Laboratories in Los Alamos. Mr. Pattiz has been a member of the Council of Foreign Relations for a number of years and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.