According to Tuesday's publication of Fortune, the CEO of a large sports arena catering company has resigned from his position in the wake of growing outrage over alleged dog abuse which was captured on surveillance video.
On Tuesday, Centerplate issued an official statement about the change of leadership for the company:
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.
On July 27, Desmond (Des) Hague, CEO of Centerplate, was captured on surveillance in an elevator at the Private Residences at the Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, B.C., with a Doberman puppy named "Sade." On the video, Hague can be seen jerking on the dog's leash and kicking her in the area of her stomach
After the video was brought to the attention of the B.C. SPCA, the puppy was seized from Hague's apartment. Hague initially told the officials with the SPCA that the puppy belonged to him. Later, another individual came forward to claim ownership of Sade; Hague did not contest that individual's claim.
Hague is no longer leading Centerplate, he has voiced his embarrassment and shame over his behavior towards the pup, and he may still face abuse charges from the SPCA.
The Centerplate release addressed their view on what transpired, and how they were impacted by the outrage expressed by the thousands of people who saw the surveillance footage:
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.”
Original story about this situation here.
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