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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.
Approached by Hayao Nakayama to serve as President of Sega of America, Kalinske succeeded Michael Katz in leading the company’s American branch.
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.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Mega Drive; 1992) — Executive Supporters (as Thomas Kalinske)
- Disney's Aladdin (Mega Drive; 1993) — Special Thanks to
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Mega Drive; 1994) — Executive Management
- Sonic & Knuckles (Mega Drive; 1994) — Executive Management
- NiGHTS into Dreams (Saturn; 1996) — Executive Management
- This Is Sega Test () — The president
- Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony () — Special Thanks
- Main article: Tom Kalinske/Magazine articles.
- Main article: Photos of Tom Kalinske
|Presidents of Sega of America|
|Gene Lipkin (1981-1986) | Bruce Lowry (1986-1989) | David Rosen (1986-1996) | 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 (2012-2018) | Ian Curran (2018)|