"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.
About a week later, Hague, whose web page identifies him as an "internationally renowned executive in the hospitality industry," launched a new investment and consulting company, Aegis.
Aegis since has made investments in The World of Beer, a beer specialist in Florida, as well as in William Caruso & Associates, a Denver-based design and consulting company, and in Froozer.
"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 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.My son was actually attacked." After the dog debacle, Hague joined the board of directors of the Stamford Youth Foundation, a charitable group that works with kids in his hometown.Marc Lyons, founder and president emeritus of the foundation, said he was glad that the group was able to give Hague "a second chance in life." "Everybody is entitled to make a mistake," Lyons said of Hague, who is corporate donations chairman for the group."In my case, it was less than a minute in Vancouver two years ago," Hague said."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."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.