Centerplate, Inc. Announces Appointment of Foodservice Industry Veteran as New Chief Executive Officer



    STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 11 /CNW/ -- Centerplate, Inc. announced today the
resignation of Janet L. Steinmayer, President and Chief Executive Officer of
the Company.  Ms. Steinmayer joined Centerplate in 1993 and served as
President and Chief Executive Officer since March 2006.  Steinmayer stated:
"More than just a major part of my career, Centerplate has been an important
part of my life, and I leave taking great pride in the accomplishments we've
enjoyed and the culture we've fostered over that period.  The dedication and
enthusiasm of Centerplate's employees is unmatched, and I am pleased that,
following the completion of our sale process, the company is so strongly
positioned to continue its renowned history of customer service and industry
leadership."
    Gordon Woodward, Partner of Kohlberg & Company, LLC added: "On behalf of
the Board of Directors of Centerplate, I wish to thank Janet Steinmayer for
her distinguished service to the company.  Janet set the highest standard of
integrity and customer service in leading the company through a period of
change.  Janet balanced commitments to customers, employees and shareholders
while stewarding Centerplate through its now-concluded sale to Kohlberg.  We
appreciate her significant contributions to Centerplate over the last 15
years, and wish her all the best with her future plans."
    Centerplate, Inc. also announced the election by Centerplate's Board of
Directors, effective today, of Desmond Hague to the position of President and
Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Hague was most recently the President of IHOP
Restaurants, a division of DineEquity, Inc., the largest full-service
restaurant company in the world.  In addition, Mr. Hague has substantial
foodservice operating experience including 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 foodservice solutions to convenience
stores; and other management positions within 7-Eleven, Inc., Pizza Hut and
Whitbread PLC.
    Mr. Hague stated: "I am pleased to be joining Centerplate and to help
continue its tradition of excellence and build on its breadth of opportunities
to deepen the partnerships it enjoys with its clients.  With the sale process
behind it, Centerplate is now uniquely positioned in the industry to drive
programs that create additional value for our clients while enhancing the
entertainment experience for their customers."  Mr. Woodward commented:
"Centerplate is fortunate to have an executive of Des' caliber and expertise,
with intimate knowledge of the foodservice industry, to guide the company
through its next phase of development.  Des is known for driving business
performance through innovative thinking, and we look forward with confidence
to his role in furthering Centerplate's position as an industry leader."
    
    About Centerplate, Inc.
    
    Centerplate, with its principal executive office in Stamford, CT, is a
leading provider of food and related services including concessions, catering
and merchandise services in more than 130 sports facilities, convention
centers and other entertainment venues throughout the United States and
Canada.  Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com.
    
    About Kohlberg & Company, LLC
    
    Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C. is a leading private U.S. equity firm based in
Mt. Kisco, NY.  Since its inception in 1987, Kohlberg has completed more than
90 platform and add-on acquisitions as the control investor in a variety of
industries including contract services, manufacturing, healthcare and consumer
products.  Across six funds, Kohlberg has invested in transactions with an
aggregate transaction value of approximately $7 billion.  Currently, Kohlberg
is investing Kohlberg Investors VI, a $1.5 billion equity fund.

    
    Contact Information
    

    
    Gael Doar
    Director of Communications
    203-975-5941
    gael.doar@centerplate.com

    




For further information:

For further information: Gael Doar, Director of Communications,
Centerplate, Inc., +1-203-975-5941, gael.doar@centerplate.com Web Site:
http://www.centerplate.com

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