Meet Stuart Lane, Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific region
“Our inherent strength as a market leader in supporting the mineral processing and chemical sectors has already placed Clear Edge at the heart of decarbonisation. This will only grow over the next 5 years and beyond.”
Current role: Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific region
Nationality: Australian / British
Years in Clear Edge: 15 years and counting!
Hobbies: Family, cycling, running, watching sports, walking the dog, enjoying the great outdoors, watching TV, and cooking for family and friends.
Can you tell us about your current role and responsibilities?
Currently, I serve as Vice President & General Manager for the Asia Pacific region. I am responsible for leading a talented and dedicated team to deliver our mission across a vast geography and many cultures.
Can you tell us about your journey at Clear Edge?
I was recruited in 2007, less than 2 years after my family and I migrated from the UK to Perth, Western Australia (WA). For a short time, I was a Sales Engineer in WA before being promoted to Sales Manager for the state. My WA sales team achieved consistent growth winning new accounts and share of wallet gains at the big customers we now call the 80s. In 2011 I took on the newly created role of Product Manager Asia Pacific, during which time I added valuable understanding of the region essential to my current role.
In 2015, I took on a global Strategic Marketing position as we gained to focus on key market sectors as a business. Later, in 2018, the functions of product development and technical applications were added to my responsibility and the Business and Product Development team was formed. Finally, early in 2021, I moved into general management with my current role.
What first drew you to work for Clear Edge?
WA and Perth’s economy is driven by the mining sector. I quickly discovered, after arriving from the UK, that the resources sector is where the action is. When Clear Edge asked me to join them, it was not a difficult decision as I learned that they are a well-respected partner to the major mining and minerals companies in WA, adding value to many applications.
What inspires you to come to work?
Clear Edge as part of Filtration Group is a far more sophisticated company than the one I joined 15 years ago. We have a clear mission of making the world safer, healthier and more productive, a culture that guides us in achieving that mission plus a strategy and tools that help us focus on winning with our chosen markets and customers.
I have always loved that what we do as a business has such a huge impact on our customers’ processes, in many cases our product is critical to their success. This is at the core of what Clear Edge does and what inspires me to come to work. I now have the honour of leading a dedicated team across the Asia Pacific that shares my passion.
What do you feel is the biggest strength of our company right now?
Our people. We have a powerful combination of experienced company DNA and fresh perspectives across the business, working synergistically to deliver our mission and grow the business.
How are we keeping our company customer-focused and not sales-driven?
We pride ourselves on understanding our customers’ processes and how our products and support add value for the customer. The team is focused on achieving the best outcome in partnership with our customers by reducing their total cost of ownership. Sales growth comes naturally by growing market stare when we achieve that outcome for our customers.
What is your vision of our company in 5 years’ time?
Strategically we are on the right path. Decarbonization of the global economy is essential and is providing an opportunity for Clear Edge as a filtration partner to companies mining and refining the essential elements to produce and store clean energy. Our inherent strength as a market leader in supporting the mineral processing and chemical sectors has already placed Clear Edge at the heart of decarbonisation. This will only grow over the next 5 years and beyond.
Who has been the biggest mentor in your professional career? What was the most important lesson they taught you?
I have been fortunate to have several influential mentors throughout my career and it is unfair to name just one. However, I would say that each of them has had a passion for passing their knowledge on to others.
What advice would you give to new employees joining our organisation?
New team members normally already have an affinity to our mission, our why, it’s often what attracted them to our business. Our culture of Trust, Bias for Action and Entrepreneurial is our how, and going all in with those cultural attributes really help you hit the ground running.
If you could be anyone for the day, who and why?
I was lucky enough to attend our “Owner’s Day” in Chicago in July last year where Condoleezza Rice told us stories of her life. She had many amazing experiences as United States Secretary of State during a fascinating time in history. A day of Condoleezza’s life of statecraft would be wonderful.
What’s the one thing about you that few people know?
My ambition growing up was to be a chef, but when I worked in a restaurant as a part-time waiter and saw the life of a chef, I quickly changed my mind. I did end up studying Food Science at university and still have a passion for cooking and food in general. It’s no secret that I will try pretty much any food when visiting the wonderful cultures of the APac region.
How do you spend your spare time?
Family, cycling, running (slowly), watching sports, walking the dog, enjoying the great outdoors, watching TV, and cooking for family and friends.