Dog-Kicking CEO Resigns From Centerplate Job

Remember that guy who was kicking a dog in a hotel elevator in Vancouver? Yeah well he has resigned from his job.

The Global News and Union-Tribune both report Tuesday morning that Desmond Hague, CEO of Centerplate, has resigned just 10 days after the surveillance video of him abusing a dog surfaced. His decision came as Centerplate continued to receive criticism.

From the Union-Times:

In a draft news release obtained by U-T Watchdog, Joe O’Donnell, chairman of the board of directors for Centerplate, reiterated that the company did not condone Hague’s misconduct.

“Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused to so many; but also thank our employees, clients and guests who expressed their feelings about this incident,” the draft release says. “Their voices helped us to frame our deliberations during this very unusual and unfortunate set of circumstance.”

Here is the full statement from Centerplate, announcing that they let Hague go and are replacing him with Chris Verros.

Centerplate’s board of directors announced today that Chris Verros has been appointed to the role of acting president and chief executive officer, effective immediately, following the resignation of Desmond Hague from the company. The decision comes as a result of Hague’s personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care.

“We want to reiterate that we do not condone nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals,” said Joe O’Donnell, chairman of the board of directors for Centerplate. “Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused to so many; but also thank our employees, clients and guests who expressed their feelings about this incident. Their voices helped us to frame our deliberations during this very unusual and unfortunate set of circumstances.”

Chris Verros assumes the new role with more than 35 years of experience and a reputation as one of the industry’s most respected leaders. Chief Operating Officer for Centerplate since 2010, he helped the company to achieve unprecedented growth. Prior to joining Centerplate, Verros was Executive Vice President of Boston Culinary Group and previously served as a Group President of Fine Host Corporation, following the 1993 acquisition of FanFare, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1986.

“I have been proud to work with Chris for more than 20 years, and feel that Centerplate is incredibly fortunate to have such a strong leader who can step into the role immediately,” O’Donnell added, “This past week has been very difficult for our company, our employees and our clients in particular, and I have no doubt that Chris’ experience, vision, integrity, and commitment to our values and mission will help us all move forward together.”

Hague was found kicking Sade, a 1-year-old Doberman Pinscher in a hotel elevator in July.

Centerplate is a catering company who provides food to multiple stadiums around the country.

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