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Looking at Human Resources in Asia from a truly business perspective

Rick Payne is an independent consultant who advises organizations and coaches executives on how best to lead, motivate and reward their employees to build successful businesses in emerging markets in Asia. He has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong, India, and Japan. He is now a Permanent Resident of Singapore. He has more than 25 years of experience in Asia building businesses and consulting on human resource issues and is considered one of top experts in his field, having created multiple Asian-wide consulting businesses in the Asia region.

He until recently held a series of positions with Mercer global marketing and then with Aon Hewitt in Asia. He had previously co-founded, built, and then sold the Asian operations of a consulting firm with a global reach. Early in his career, Rick worked as a writer, editor and Asia editorial director for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the business advisory arm of The Economist Group. During that time and subsequently, Rick authored numerous articles and books.

Sample presentations

  • The Perfect Storm: Technology, Generation Y, and HR Trends Across Asia Pacific
  • Leading Change by Enhancing HR Productivity
  • People, Performance and Profit: The Link Between Risk and People
  • The Future Direction of IT Hubs: Impact on Staffing and Location

Richard has provided speeches at conferences and in client seminars in Asia and globally. He has provided briefing to company planning and strategy meetings and is now an executive coach to senior executives. He is often asked to look at global opportunities and talent as seen through an Asian perspective, looking at talent management and employee preferences in Asia (and why Asian firms will become preferred employers in the future) and the increasing significance of the role of 'corporate culture' in attracting and retaining talent.

He has a Master of Asia Pacific Studies degree 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 is based in Singapore.

"Rick is one of the few HR professionals in Asia who combines extensive knowledge of HR practices with a detailed understanding of Asia's complex markets and strong insights into corporate strategy.  As a result, he has excellent and sometimes unique insights into how to build strong businesses in Asia.  He also has one of the best presenting styles I've seen.  He cuts through the data noise to get to key issues in a way that is both engaging and sometimes challenging for his audience.  He's a consummate professional, which makes it a delight to deal with him."  Richard Martin, Founder & CEO, IMA Asia


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