Prior to joining John Deere, Lane held a variety of roles within DuPont. Since 2009, he was the vice-president and chief information officer for the DuPont Pioneer business. He led the information technology planning and strategy development in partnership with business leadership, with emphasis on creating added business value through innovative uses of company information. He was instrumental in the formation of Precision Ag IT group.
Lane also had additional broad responsibilities across DuPont where he led the IT efforts for:
- DuPont's cybersecurity initiative
- Integrated Operations
- Research & Development
- Corporate Marketing & Sales
- Three other DuPont businesses - Crop Protection, Nutrition & Health, Industrial Biosciences
In 2005, he relocated to Wilmington, Delaware and was responsible for the strategy and delivery of Information Technology for the global DuPont R&D organization. In 1997, he began with DuPont Pioneer as an IT leader in the R&D organization. He led groups that developed computational methods, data analytics, and software development; he was jointly responsible for multi-scale agronomic and genetic modeling initiative.
Prior to working in the corporate world, Lane conducted research programs at the USDA and University of Georgia on maize, pearl millet, sorghum and turf grasses. Lane graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He received his Masters of Arts, Genetics & Development; Masters of Philosophy, Genetics.