Lee Kirby joined Uptime Institute in July 2013 as Senior Vice President. He brings a deep and broad background in data center operations and a wealth of other experiences that he’ll apply to Uptime Institute programs, including the Uptime Institute Network. Kirby is probably best known for assignments he held at two of the industry’s best-known companies between 2006 and 2012. From 2006-2011, he was Vice President and General Manager at Lee Technologies, and from 2011-2012, he was Vice President of Strategic Operations at Skanska.
The skill sets Kirby has acquired reflect his broad data center experience, and these experiences will serve him well as he works on Uptime Institute and Uptime Institute Network projects.
As SVP, Kirby will provide consulting services to corporations and government agencies with critical uptime needs in their data centers. In the past, his clients have included worldwide leaders from industries such as banking, insurance, healthcare, government, technology, shipping, airlines and railways, telecommunications, aeronautics, retail, and IT outsourcing, among others, with the common need of minimizing downtime to their internal and external customers.
Kirby’s entrepreneurial side emerged in January 2013, when he founded Salute Inc. Salute is the logical convergence of his passion for the data center industry and his 26 years of military service, including 10 years of active duty. In the military, Kirby served as a Special Forces Officer and Civil Affairs Officer in Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East. He successfully planned and executed a variety of missions, including drug interdiction, intelligence gathering, counter-insurgency, civil affairs, psychological operations, building civil capacity (governance, rule of law and public health), reconstruction, and humanitarian assistance.
Kirby founded Salute to address his belief that veterans, even those without technical experience, could readily train to meet the challenges of a data center environment. It’s no secret that the industry has long sought to recruit former Navy nuclear personnel, but Kirby thought that with appropriate training, personnel with a variety of skills could address shortages in many aspects of the industry, from entry level on up.
Indeed, one of Kirby’s first Uptime Institute activities was to participate in several Uptime Institute Network panels to point out the strengths of U.S. military veterans. His interest in helping solve the looming shortage of data center personnel means that Kirby will remain active in his support for veterans while using his experiences to develop exciting new programs.