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.
The charge is the equivalent of a misdemeanor in the United States.
"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.
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.