Fred Payne was appointed Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in November 2017 and assumed his new role a month later. He leads DWD’s Executive Team in developing, communicating, executing and sustaining the agency’s strategic initiatives, including establishment of key performance indicators.
Mr. Payne came to DWD from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN), as Chief Administrator where he was responsible for the Business Division, and was one of three senior and executive leaders on the Company Operating Committee. Mr. Payne also served as the company’s Secretary and Compliance Officer.
Mr. Payne joined Honda in 2008 as an attorney in the employment and labor areas. He was named General Counsel and Manager of Corporate Affairs in 2011, and two years later began overseeing the Administration Department. HMIN continued to increase Mr. Payne’s responsibilities, leading him to oversee all of the Business Division, which consisted of the following areas: Legal, Corporate Affairs, IT, Accounting, Planning, Inclusion & Diversity, Administration and Facilities.
Prior to Honda, Mr. Payne was in private practice, focusing on employment and labor law.
Mr. Payne is a member of the board of directors for the IndyEleven Foundation, Honda Federal Credit Union, Indianapolis Urban League.
He is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Grambling State University. Mr. Payne and his wife, Kelly, reside in Indianapolis.