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|Place of birth: Iowa, United States|
|Date of birth: 1944-07-17 (age 77)|
|Company(ies): Sega of America|
|Education: University of Wisconsin (Batchelor of Business Science), University of Arizona (Master of Business Administration), Harvard Business School (Strategic Management)|
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Thomas "Tom" Kalinske is an American businessman who served as President and CEO of Sega of America from October 1990 to September 1996. The face of the company for much of its exponential growth, Kalinske oversaw the company’s battle with Nintendo’s monopoly on the home video game market. His aggressive marketing decisions, such as competitive price drops and the famous Sega Scream campaign, are regarded as key elements in the continuing success of the Sega Genesis.
Taking on Nintendo
Departing Sega of America
After losing confidence in Sega of Japan’s support during the 32-bit era, Kalinske departed Sega of America on September 30, 1996. The company went nearly two years without hiring a new President, with the role only being filled when Bernie Stolar was promoted in March 1998.
- Main article: Tom Kalinske/Magazine articles.
|Presidents of Sega of America|
|David Rosen (19xx-198x) | Gene Lipkin (198x-198x) | Bruce Lowry (1986-1989) | Michael Katz (1989-1990) | Tom Kalinske (1990-1996) | Bernie Stolar (1998-1999) | Peter Moore (1999-2003) | Hideaki Irie (2003-2005) | Simon Jeffery (2005-2009) | Mike Hayes (2009-2012) | John Cheng (2012-)|