Executive pay: A few words from the boss (No. 2)

Another installment in our (short) series of Q&As with Houston execs willing to share a few things with us around our annual executive pay survey , which ran this past weekend.

Bernard Duroc-Danner, Chairman, President and CEO, Weatherford.

Today’s executive: Bernard Duroc-Danner, Chairman, president and CEO,
Weatherford International:
Q: When you were a child, what did you think you’d be when you grew up?
A : Politician. I was very mistaken.
Q: What business person do you most admire?
A: Apple’s Steve Jobs.
Q: What are you reading now?
A: Review of early Egyptian history (3500/2000 BC).
Q: If you could have dinner with anybody in the world who would it be?
A: Dalai Lama.
Q: What’s the gutsiest decision you’ve ever made?
A: Join the tiny team that started up EVI in 1987 (moved then from Boston to Houston). EVI is the predecessor company to today’s Weatherford. Weatherford stock is actually EVI stock. EVI had two employees at inception and no/zero business. I was one of the two employees.
Q: What’s the best investment you ever made? The worst?
A: Technology. Technology.
Q: What do you do to unwind?
A: Swim; mountain climb.
Q: What’s your favorite charity to give to?
A: Support of the mentally challenged
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: To take Luke 12: 42-48 to heart.