Blackswan Executive Coach
Richard Payne (Rick) is an independent consultant and executive coach who advice organizations on how best to lead, motivate and reward their employees to build successful businesses in emerging markets in Asia. Rick has more than 25 years of experience in Asia consulting on human resource issues, creating an Asian-wide consulting business and writing about business issues in the region.
Rick co-founded, built, and then sold the Asian operations of an HR consulting firm with a global reach. He subsequently held a series of positions with Mercer global marketing and then Aon Hewitt in Asia regional management. Prior to becoming independent, Rick held two positions consecutively with Aon Hewitt: Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific Practice Leader, Performance, Reward & Talent.
Early in his career, Rick worked as a writer, editor and Asia editorial director for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the business intelligence arm of The Economist. During that time and subsequently, Rick authored numerous articles and books.
Rick has a Master of Asia Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from the State University of New York at Albany. He has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong, India, and Japan. He is a Permanent Resident of Singapore.