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Career Spotlight: Starting Your Own Business

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Lee Hecht Harrison

Level 3, 28 The Esplanade

Perth, WA 6000

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Career Spotlight: Starting Your Own Business- A Diamond Career

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William Gant worked for Rio Tinto his entire career starting in Perth in Sales and Marketing for Argyle Diamonds. His career took him to London, Singapore, and many other locations. His most recent role was in Singapore as the Commercial General Manager for the uranium business. In January 2019, William moved back with his family from Singapore to explore other opportunities outside Rio Tinto and to be closer to his extended family.

He explored a range of career pathways and based on his career preferences, values, personal qualities, he ultimately decided to pursue starting his own business. William was in close contact with his network and during his discussions with L.J. West Diamonds out of New York, William chanced upon a need. L.J. West Diamonds are one of the world’s largest coloured diamond wholesalers and Larry, the firm’s Founder, was looking for a way to expand into the Australian and Asian region. They soon got to discussing and preparations of a business plan that was to be the kernel to convert the relationship into a business relationship once again!

William has worked tirelessly on planning and establishing his new business in partnership with L.J. West Diamonds and would like to share with you his journey from the early stages, to decision making, to planning, preparing and implementing his idea.

WILLIAM GANT

William Gant is Managing Director of L. J. West AU Pty Ltd, the wholly-owned, Perth-based subsidiary of L. J. West Diamonds, Inc., a renowned natural fancy coloured diamond merchant and luxury jewelry designer in New York. William is a commercial leader with over 25 years’ international sales and marketing experience in the mining sector, ranging from diamonds to uranium. His expertise includes leading a global team at Rio Tinto for the sale of the increasingly rare Argyle pink diamonds to polished diamond wholesalers and jewelry manufacturers. In his current role, he is responsible for establishing L. J. West Diamonds as the supplier of choice for premium fancy-coloured diamonds to wholesale customers in the Asia-Pacific market, by leveraging the core values of expertise, integrity, and service.

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