A multi-millionaire CEO was caught on video kicking and abusing a defenseless puppy. The CEO is Des Hague, chief of food and drink giant Centerplate. The dog was a friend’s doberman puppy. The video, which can be viewed above, was taken in July in Vancouver and appears to show Hague attacking the dog for no apparent reason.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He’s Entering Anger-Management
According to Centerplate, Hague will undergo anger management classes. The CEO also released a statement apologizing for his actions:
This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed. Under the circumstances of the evening in question, a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response.
Unfortunately, I acted inappropriately, and I am deeply sorry for that and am very grateful that no harm was caused to the animal. I have reached out to the SPCA and have personally apologized to the dog’s owner. At this time, I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them.
2. You’ve Probably Eaten His Food
Centerplate supplies food and drink to NFL teams including the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as college teams including Notre Dame. Fortune magazine speculated that this scandal might bring down the company.
3. He Lives in Connecticut
Hague lives in Stamford, Connecticut. According to the Vancouver Sun, he gave an address and a phone with that area code to the SPCA.
4. In 2012, He Held a $3,000 a-Person Fundraiser for Mitt Romney
During the 2012 Presidential Election, Hague, along with his wife, Carol, held a fundraiser for Mitt Romney in Connecticut. The party was attended by Henry Kissinger and Romney’s brother, Scott. The suggested donation was $500 in addition to a $2,500 a plate dinner.
5. He Used to Be the President of IHOP
Hague has a long career in food, in 2008 he was named the president of the International House of Pancakes, previous to that he was the president of Safeway. Before Hague made it to the boardroom, he was involved in marketing for giants such as Pepsi, KFC and Pizza Hut, according to a Market Wired article.