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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.
- 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
- Midnight Raiders (Mega-CD; 1994) — Special Thanks To
- Sonic & Knuckles (Mega Drive; 1994) — Executive Management
- NiGHTS into Dreams (Saturn; 1996) — Executive Management
- Main article: Tom Kalinske/Magazine articles.
- Main article: Photos of Tom Kalinske
- Electronic Games (1992-1995), "January 1993" (US; 1992-12-10), page 55
- Interview: Tom Kalinske (2006-07-11) by Sega-16
- File:Sonic the Hedgehog 2 MD credits.pdf
- File:Aladdin MD credits.pdf
- File:Sonic the Hedgehog 3 MD credits.pdf
- File:Midnightraiders mcd us manual.pdf, page 16
- File:Sonic 3 & Knuckles MD credits.pdf
- File:NiGHTS into Dreams Saturn credits.pdf
- File:ESoT CD US Booklet.pdf, page 5
|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)