Fallen food executive Des Hague has been hired to run a frozen food company, two years after a viral video exposing him abusing a small dog led to his resignation as CEO of top food concessionaire Centerplate. "I am fully invested in the Froozer brand and its potential," Hague said in a statement last week.
The 48-year-old Hague, who pleaded guilty in connection to the incident, became an investor and chairman of the board several months ago of his new company Froozer. Colorado-based Froozer sells tubes of frozen fruit and vegetables, an official snack of the U. His hiring was first reported by newspaper in Stamford, Conn., In an interview with CNBC on Friday, Hague discussed his remorse over the incident with the dog, which he had kicked repeatedly and whose leash he had harshly yanked.
He also talked about his desire to do good on the heels of that, his charitable endeavors and his enthusiasm about working with Froozer.
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"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.
"I came across this healthy food that's good for athletes, kids and more. Philanthropist," and an "imperfect human being working to better myself." This week, the Connecticut resident had updated his Twitter followers about a vacation in the Bahamas, where a photo Hague posted Thursday shows him swimming with pigs.
It's really simple and a great product," Hague said. Other recent images he posted show him feeding sharks and heading into the pricey sushi restaurant Nobu.
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.
"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.