Hague had been charged by authorities after the emergence of an July 2014 surveillance video from a Vancouver hotel that showed him tormenting a 5-month-old Doberman pinscher named Sade in an elevator."In my case, it was less than a minute in Vancouver two years ago," Hague said."I made a dreadful mistake one night, but I believe it has not defined me, and I think I have the potential to do good." Hague said he was excited to identify an opportunity to invest in Froozer."Over a twenty-five-year period of leading global public and private companies, he has established himself as an innovative thinker in the international business world." Froozer also cited the "significant amount of time and energy" Hague devotes to nonprofit charitable work and has helped raise more than 0 million over the past few years."This mirrors our corporate philosophy and was an important consideration for bringing Des on board, as opposed to an isolated, out-of-character incidence from the past," Froozer said."In addition, we firmly believe that everyone deserves a second chance." Elevator video captures CEO kicking small dog The CEO of a catering company based in Stamford, Conn., was caught on surveillance video kicking a small dog in a Vancouver hotel elevator.Centerplate CEO Des Hague now faces public backlash and repercussions from his board.Hague's appointment as Froozer's top executive came a year after a Canadian judge fined him ,000 and banned him from owning or controlling an animal for three years following his guilty plea to a single count of causing an animal to be in distress.
Hague said that one positive side effect from the case is the fact that "it has allowed me to spend more time recently with family and friends." He also said he's learned a lot about himself "from my mistake," and gotten healthier physically, acknowledging that the stress of running Centerplate "got to me." Hague's Twitter feed shows him looking relaxed, and trimmer than his days at Centerplate. Froozer, in a statement emailed to CNBC, said, "We are delighted to have someone of Mr.
Hague's caliber lead our organization." "Our decision to engage Des was based on his experience, leadership qualities and prior business successes which speak for themselves," the company said.