Des Hague’s Biography

Founded in early 2015, Hague Enterprises is a firm that provides advisory services, investments and, in particular, early stage, turnaround or expansion opportunity investments in various channels. Des Hague is a seasoned CEO with global expertise. Additionally, Hague has over a decade of hands on equity investor experience with Kohlberg & Company and currently is an advisor to a $80BN private equity firm.  As a senior advisor and operating partner, Hague was responsible for Kohlberg & Company investments in Hot Stuff Foods and Centerplate.

Des has consistently demonstrated his ability as a leading corporate executive to provide creative solutions to complex problems throughout his three-decade career. Evidenced by his high-level positions at PepsiCo, Whitbread, Maytag, 7-Eleven, Hot Stuff Foods, Safeway, IHOP, and Centerplate, Des has distinguished himself as a shining example of corporate leadership by generating enterprise value through high-performance teams across multiple industries at all stages of business growth. At 7-Eleven, Des executed a national food service and merchandising program that resulted in 47% gross profit improvements while he managing their $1.0B fresh foods retail business in North America. While overseeing IHOP, Des led an effort to compose an enterprise-wide buying group that ultimately generated annual savings in excess of $50M. At Hot Stuff Foods, Des orchestrated a management buy-out of the company in February of 2006 which led to a 74% increase in enterprise value over as little as three years. During Des’ tenure as CEO at Centerplate, the nation’s largest Event Hospitality Company, he increased the enterprise’s value by over half a billion dollars, the highest return in the equity partners’ (Kohlberg) history.

Des presently serves as a board-member for a number of organizations including Stamford Youth Foundation, WC&P, and PING HD. In the past, he has served as a board member of The National Restaurant Association, Centerplate, Froozer, Hot Stuff Foods as well as Sbarro Inc, where he oversaw the company’s bankruptcy and restructuring efforts.

When not leading and investing in enterprises, Des spends his time intimately involved in several nonprofit organizations. Having raised over one hundred million dollars as part of these charities, Des supports a multitude of global causes and stands up for those that cannot stand up for themselves.