About John Kirkley
Kirkley has been involved with the computer and telecommunications industries as a writer and editor for his entire career. He has held positions in magazine editing, corporate communications, public relations, advertising, and employee communications and training.
For more than 25 years he had been president of Kirkley Communications, a marketing communications firm providing high tech writing and editing services.
Writing assignments focused on high performance computing (HPC) included a dozen case studies for the Council on Competitiveness detailing how U.S. companies, research institutions and government agencies are using HPC to be more competitive in the world marketplace. Another series of case studies focus on how members of the DARPA supply chain are leveraging HPC to meet the agency’s need for advanced technology. Other assignments included articles for DOE’s SciDAC Review magazine on the Jaguar supercomputer at ORNL, and the use of HPC for computational chemistry.
Recently he served as the founding editor of the Digital Manufacturing Report, a webzine published by Tabor Communications in partnership with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. DMR is focused on advanced digital manufacturing including modeling, simulation and analysis.
He 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. He managed a staff of about 35 writers, editors, graphics, production and support personnel as well as working with an Advisory Board consisting of a dozen of the top people in the computer industry.
In 1967, 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. The magazine brought a new level of clear, concise and lively writing and outstanding graphics to an IEEE-sponsored publication. Today, Computer remains the Computer Society’s flagship publication. Kirkley has been honored as one of the Society's Golden Core Members.
Conference activities include acting as 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. He was also program chairman for the 1996 Society for Information Management Executive Technology Summit, jointly sponsored by Computerworld. He has written speeches for some of the top executives in the industry, including a series of presentations for the president of Nortel Networks.
In addition to his conference and writing activities, Kirkley acted as a senior consultant/technology to Manning, Selvage and Lee, one of the world's top ten public relations firms.