He also pulled hard on her leash, to the extent that the pooch's paws left the floor of the elevator. Disclosure of the video sparked a massive backlash against Hague and Stamford-based Centerplate, which provides food and beverage services to major sporting venues, arenas, convention centers and other locations across North America.In addition to public outrage, Centerplate clients were concerned about the situation, including the San Francisco 49ers football team, which condemned Hague's conduct."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.


"Clearly, this is something I am very, very sorry about and I can assure the court these incidents will never happen ever again," Hague told the judge.Within days of his sentencing, Hague joined the board of directors of the digital media solutions and signage company PING HD.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.Lyons said Hague has "done a great job" at raising money for the foundation. Hague's Twitter feed in recent months shows him enjoying a globe-trotting lifestyle.

Photos that he posted on Twitter show him in Italy, France and the Bahamas, going on winery tours, taking cooking classes, visiting museums and sight-seeing at the Colosseum and Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, and a site of the D-Day landings in Normandy. At the end of 2105, Hague wrote an essay on Linked In entitled "Slaying Dragons — Thrive in 2016," which referred vaguely to his professional and legal woes due to the puppy-kicking scandal, and offered some advice to others who also have had troubles of their own.

"So my focus is on how to keep moving forward and being positive inspite (sic) of difficult times." "It goes without saying that we have all had our dark moments.

We have done and said things we have wished we had not and most likely acted out inappropriately or even very inappropriately," Hague wrote.

Hague had been charged by authorities after the emergence of an July 2014 surveillance video from a Vancouver hotel that showed him tormenting a 5-month-old Doberman pinscher named Sade in an elevator.

Hague is seen on the video repeatedly kicking the dog.

"In addition, we firmly believe that everyone deserves a second chance." Hague's appointment as Froozer's top executive came a year after a Canadian judge fined him ,000 and banned him from owning or controlling an animal for three years following his guilty plea to a single count of causing an animal to be in distress.