Mike Hayes

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Mike Hayes
Employment history:
Role(s): Marketing, Executive

Michael "Mike" Hayes is an English businessman best known as the president of Sega West.

He is best-known amongst Sega fans for restoring Sega's dominance in Europe by acquiring and setting up the game development studio Sega Racing Studio (now defunct) and acquiring video game studios such as The Creative Assembly and Sports Interactive. He replaced Simon Jeffery as President Sega of America in June 2009; when this happened, the American and European divisions merged to give birth to Sega West. This made Hayes the executive at all Western Sega branches, including America, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain.

Before joining Sega of Europe, Hayes worked as a marketer for Codemasters Ltd.


Production history


Presidents of Sega Europe
Naoya Tsurumi (200x-2005) | Mike Hayes (2005-2012) | Jurgen Post (2012-2017) | Chris Bergstresser (2017) | Gary Dale (2018-2024) | Jurgen Post (2024-)

Presidents of Sega Enterprises USA
Gene Lipkin (1985-1986) | Ned DeWitt | Tom Petit (1988-1994) | Alan Stone (1994-1996) | Howell Ivy (1996-2004) |

Co-president: David Rosen (1985-1996)

Presidents of Sega of America
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 (2012-2018) | Ian Curran (2018)

Co-president: David Rosen (1986-1996)