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In this presentation, Neal Elbaum discusses how the CEO of a $6B company, Centerplate, lost his job over animal abuse caught by a security camera. Des Hague, now former CEO of Centerplate, rightfully lost his job over his malicious attacks.

In this presentation, Neal Elbaum discusses how the CEO of a $6B company, Centerplate, lost his job over animal abuse caught by a security camera. Des Hague, now former CEO of Centerplate, rightfully lost his job over his malicious attacks.

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CEO of Centerplate Ousted over Animal Abuse

  1. 1. CEO of $6 Billion Company Resigns Over Animal Abuse Scandal
  2. 2. Over the past week, a number of media outlets reported on the leaked elevator video that shows the CEO of Centerplate repeatedly kicking and abusing what appears to be a Doberman puppy in an elevator.
  3. 3. Centerplate, a sports catering giant worth $6 billion, has contracts in every major sporEng league, including 9 NFL teams and the enErety of Notre Dame athleEcs.
  4. 4. The video depicts a man, idenEfied as Centerplate CEO Des Hague, walking the dog into an elevator in a Vancouver hotel.
  5. 5. He yanks the dogs leash to force the cowering animal into the elevator and then proceeds to kick the helpless puppy repeatedly.
  6. 6. It is clear that the abuse is unprovoked and the act of a small, angry man.
  7. 7. The footage is difficult to watch (for that reason, it won’t be shared here, though it is easily found online).
  8. 8. Before the long weekend, Centerplate’s posiEon was that, to conEnue to be employed, Des Hague would need to donate $100,000 USD for the establishment of the Sade FoundaEon, an organizaEon dedicated to protecEng animals in the Vancouver area.
  9. 9. In addiEon to money, Hague would need to donate Eme as well: 1000 hours of community service and aXend anger management company.
  10. 10. However, over Labor Day weekend, signatures on online peEEons demanding Des Hagues be fired reached over 180,000.
  11. 11. Inside sources were leaking informaEon to members of the press that the company was planning to announce his terminaEon Tuesday morning.
  12. 12. However, they won’t get the chance.
  13. 13. On Tuesday morning, ESPN reported that Hagues has resigned, effecEve immediately.
  14. 14. Hague Ousted
  15. 15. Hague has been replaced by Chris Verros.
  16. 16. From the beginning, Centerplate has been very quick to denounce the behavior of their former CEO.
  17. 17. They made it very clear through several statements that the acEons of Hague in no way reflects the principles of the corporaEon that employs over 30,000 and serves around 115 million a year at more than 300 venues.
  18. 18. Hague may sEll face criminal charges in Vancouver.

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