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BRIEF: Centerplate board votes to change leaders after dog abuse incident

September 3, 2014

South Bend Tribune, Ind.

Sept. 03--The national food and beverage services provider that directs some concessions locally has appointed an acting president to succeed the chief executive officer who resigned after a video surfaced showing him mistreating a dog in an elevator.

Centerplate's board of directors announced Tuesday that Chris Verros has been appointed acting president and CEO, effective immediately, following the resignation of Desmond Hague. The board last week announced it had placed Hague on indefinite probation after the release of a surveillance video that showed him abusing the dog.

Centerplate directs concessions locally at the University of Notre Dame, the Morris Performing Arts Center and Palais Royale in South Bend.

"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.

Verros assumes the new role with more than 35 years of experience in the industry, including serving as the chief operating officer for Centerplate since 2010.


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