Richard Payne

  Engagement Manager 

Richard brings more than 25 years of leadership and expertise in automotive and manufacturing operations across the United States and Europe. He leads client efforts in restructuring, turnaround, operational improvement initiatives, and provides coaching and mentoring for executive and plant operational leaders. He is a passionate student and teacher of lean manufacturing, with a precise understanding of the fundamentals required to build a strong foundation for operational excellence. 

Prior to joining Seraph, Richard held senior leadership positions at Continental Automotive, Siemens, VDO, Faurecia and North American Lighting. Richard received his B.S in Industrial Engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. 

Areas of Expertise

 Leadership, Lean Manufacturing, Crisis Management, Turnaround, Coaching and Mentoring


"Today, most managers spend more time in their offices, on their computers and phones than they do on the shop floor. It's critical to be where value is created (or destroyed)."