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Tom Kalinske

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Fast facts on Tom Kalinske
Role(s): Executive

Thomas "Tom" Kalinske is an American businessman who was president and CEO of Sega of America from 1990 to 1996. He was the successor to Michael Katz.

Tom Kalinske was the face of SoA during a period of rapid growth and success, particularly between 1993 and 1994. His aggressive marketing decisions, such as price drops and the famous "Sega Scream" TV campaign, are frequently regarded as key elements in the success of the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis) in North America. He was also instrumental in establishing a strong American arm to the company, capable of producing its own games and more equipped to take on rivals Nintendo which were dominating the market before his arrival.

After a reported falling out with Sega of Japan and lacklustre sales of the Sega Saturn, Kalinske quit the firm and was replaced by the often-controversial Bernie Stolar.

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