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Des Hague: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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

Des Hague IHOP

(Getty)

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.

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20 comments

  1. Really, no harm to the animal…… What a dope, he suffered emotionally as well as pain that you inflicted on him…. Let’s do the same to you and see if you havn’t suffered….. If I were his “friend”, I would sue the stomach out of him…

  2. Sure… it is out-of-character for you to kick a puppy, Hague… BUT YOU DID IT, didn’t you?
    You PoS… if i were your friend, you would still be in the hospital.

  3. Let’s put a lease on him and all start kicking him, then we can all say, no harm to the jerk and be embarrassed we got caught. The best way to hurt him is DO NOT BUY his products. Money talks and he will understand that. Boycott anything he sells.

  4. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE!!!!??? I’m as violent as the next anybody but that’s only reactionary. You bite me, yes, I will kick the junk out of you. I’m not that turn the other cheek Christian I’m supposed to be as of yet… but even when I don’t like an animal (which just like people, animals have their own personalities and sometimes mine doesn’t click with theirs) and it’s like all over me, the most I will do and have done is tell it to GO AWAY and push it roughly from me but never kick or punch or any crazy abusive thing. Get a spray bottle of water or something, YEESH! And this guy is a CEO (which fits because most of these guys in powerful positions are megalomaniac, Type A personality disorder, unexplored Dexters anyway) and he’s doing this to a FRIEND’S dog! I’m sure the friend just asked him to walk the dog. Why couldn’t he be honest and say “I HATE your dog! Get someone else!”

  5. This is completely horrific but it gets worse, the ASPCA found that Des Hague had also abused this PUPPY (yes it was an actual puppy) by leaving it without food or water and confined to urine and feces bedding for prolonged amount of time. Not only that but even in Des Hague’s apology when he names it as “a friends dog” he’s completely lying, it’s his own. This guy is beyond horrible, and the only thing he’s sorry about is that the public got to see what a sociopathic monster he really is.

    Also a multibillion dollar company putting up $100,000 to make this go away on the behalf of the CEO? That’s a joke, that’s like a normal person tossing $1 out after getting caught beating a homeless person. It’s trivial, insulting and demeaning.

  6. Piece of garbage. Only a psychopath would get pleasure out of hurting an animal. Too bad the dog didn’t take a piece out of his crotch.

    • Yeah this guy belongs behind bars! He makes me so sick. Maybe then he can feel what it is like to be cornered and afraid of someone that is “frustrated” by him. His $100,000 donation is laughable, he should add another zero to that figure at least.

  7. The lowest of low. Maybe he should be kicked and chocked. Pathetic man, must feel powerful beating a puppy. You’re disgusting. I’ll never support your team again, nor will any of my employees, family or friends.

  8. I think we can rest assured that Hague will lose his job. The print on his farewell package is probably drying as we speak. He’s total pond scum

  9. this evil monster cannot go onl I’ll bet he acquired that poor dog and named him his name, as in sadistic. I’ll also bet he has been hurting the dog since he was a very little puppy. This horrible man should never be near women, children or animals. Do not eat his food..

  10. I am so glad this jerk is out! Couldnt bring myself to watch video…everyone should really thank the person that brought it to the SPCA attention…a true hero…how could the dog be misbehaving? It wasnt even doing anything! We should all go over to this jerks’ house and kick him!

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