During his more than 45 years in the computer and communications industries,
Kirkley has held positions in magazine editing, corporate communications, public relations, advertising, and employee communications
He has applied his knowledge of computers and networking technology to a variety of projects for clients
such as SAP, Sun Microsystems, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Nortel, Lucent, Oracle, Cisco, and many other Fortune 500, medium-sized
and startup companies. His writing has ranged from white papers, case histories and bylined articles to advertorials, speeches,
newsletters and Web site content. His work has appeared in numerous business and trade publications, including Directors
& Boards, Business Week, Computerworld, InformationWeek, CIO magazine, Network
World, LAN Times, and Datamation.
Kirkley was the program chairman of the Business Week Telecom
Summit 2001 and associate conference chairman for the 1999 ComNet conferences. He was program chairman of the 1994 Business
Week Executive Programs conferences "The Information Revolution," and "The Virtual Office" and wrote advertorial inserts for
the magazine based on the conferences. He was also program chairman for the 1996 Society for Information Management Executive
Technology Summit, jointly sponsored by Computerworld.
In addition to his conference and writing activities,
Kirkley acted as a senior consultant to Manning, Selvage and Lee, one of the world's top ten public relations firms.
was the editor of Datamation magazine from 1973 to 1986. Under his leadership the magazine grew steadily at 25 percent/year,
and was known as one of the most successful and respected computer industry publications.
In 1966 he founded Computer
magazine, the journal of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Computer Society, acting as its editor
and publisher and managing the Society's publications office. He has been honored as one of the Society's Golden Core Members.