Ar­mand Gu­nawan

Wa­ter of life

Prestige Indonesia - - Sul­wha­soo -

AR­MAND GU­NAWAN SAYS his par­ents are his big­gest men­tors. “My mom has in­stilled in me the right way to live, and I have de­vel­oped a strong moral code from her guid­ance,” says the 29-year-old Head of Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment at Oa­sis Wa­ters In­ter­na­tional. “Mean­while, my dad has taught me my busi­ness acu­men, and he still pro­vides guid­ance when tough de­ci­sions need to be made.”

Oa­sis Wa­ters was founded in 1984. The com­pany man­u­fac­tures, sells, mar­kets and dis­trib­utes bot­tled drink­ing wa­ter.

Gu­nawan earned a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Po­lit­i­cal Science at North­west­ern Univer­sity and took his Mas­ter’s at New York Univer­sity. “I stud­ied po­lit­i­cal science, but sell­ing wa­ter is in my blood,” he grins. “Oa­sis is a sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion fam­ily busi­ness. Af­ter I fin­ished my for­mal ed­u­ca­tion, it was time for me to come back and help ex­pand the com­pany. Suc­cess for me is about the jour­ney and what you learn along the way. The key is to al­ways be pro­gress­ing and not to let road blocks stop your jour­ney. To suc­ceed, you must al­ways be will­ing to adapt. The mar­ket­place is al­ways chang­ing, so you must al­ways be look­ing for the new trends and how to cap­i­talise on them.

“Af­ter join­ing the busi­ness, I spent four years in our fac­tory in Cib­i­nong, West Java, learn­ing about manufacturing and dis­tri­bu­tion. I then took on the role of spear­head­ing prod­uct de­vel­op­ment. So far, we have launched two new prod­uct lines, UniTea and Oa­sis+. I have learned to be more flex­i­ble and adapt­able. It’s im­por­tant to build a good team and to work to­gether to achieve a com­mon goal. Above all, I’ve learned that ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the most im­por­tant trait.”

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