Born in The Netherlands from Czech parents he studied at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands and graduated in International Finance and International Marketing from Thunderbird University in Phoenix, Arizona.
Tom has worked the past 14 years for Nike in the US and Europe, in the early days as part of the new Football division in the US, and subsequently as General Manager Benelux and member of the EMEA Leadership Team in Europe. He spent these years merging Country organisations and restructuring and relocating divisions. During his tenure he was overseeing the extensive Nike involvement in the EURO 2000 Football Championships. Most recently he started the new Brand Protection division in Europe, Middle East and Africa. His passion at Nike became the challenge of managing across cultures, and during his years at Nike he coached and educated extensively on that subject. In 2008 he decided to leave Nike and concentrate on Intercultural Management exclusively, in the area of Sports, Education, and Management. He is a member of itim International.
Before joining Nike he worked in New York and Washington for MCI Communication as Director International Marketing Management and as VP/Management Supervisor for NW Ayer advertising managing the AT&T advertising account.
He also founded and sold an in-flight publishing company, which developed destination magazines for major airlines.
Tom runs an occasional marathon, and is a former board member of the American Chamber of Commerce and the Nike Pension Board. He currently serves on the Board of Webster University in The Netherlands.