The National Restaurant Association (NRA) welcomes Desmond Hague, President and CEO of Centerplate, the leading hospitality partner to North America’s premier sports, convention and entertainment venues, to the organization’s Board of Directors.
In his director role, Hague will serve on two key sub-committees: the Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee and the Restaurant Advocacy Fund Committee. The two positions leverage Hague’s commitment and passion for environmental sustainability, community building and outreach to underserved populations, and advancement of the restaurant industry.
“Des brings a vision, energy, and depth of experience that will greatly benefit the Association and the industry,” said National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney. “His demonstrated creativity, ability to expand to new markets even in challenging economies, and range of leadership will be immensely valuable in his new role.”
Hague has built a life-long career in the food industry. As CEO of Centerplate, he was responsible for adding the popular John Harvard’s Brew Pub to the company’s restaurant portfolio in 2010. The company also served as hospitality provider to the San Francisco Giants’ World Series stretch, called the “greenest series in history” by the media. Prior to assuming command of Centerplate in 2009, Hague served as the President of IHOP Restaurants, a division of DineEquity, Inc., the largest full-service family restaurant company in the world.
Hague’s additional credentials include substantial restaurant operating experience in such leadership roles as: President of the Foodservice Division for Safeway Inc., a nationwide grocer with 1,775 store locations across the U.S. and Canada; Chief Executive Officer of Hot Stuff Foods, a leading provider of turnkey food service solutions to convenience stores; and senior management positions within 7-Eleven, Pizza Hut and Whitbread PLC.
Under Hague’s leadership, 2010 has proven to be one of the strongest periods for business development in Centerplate’s eighty-year history. The company provided hospitality to fans at the Winter Olympics and many of 2010’s other most exciting events, and added several new foodservice client-partners, including the Woodruff Arts Center, one of the nation’s most prestigious art centers, in Atlanta, Georgia, the Cobo Center, in the heart of downtown Detroit, and the Baltimore Convention Center.