Warner Bros. exec vp Dave Hettler dies

Oversaw worldwide finance, information technology

Dave Hettler, executive vp worldwide finance and information technology for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, died Feb. 27 of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 49.

Hettler joined Warner Bros. in 1993 after spending 11 years with accounting firm Ernst & Young. His responsibilities at the studio included oversight of financial activities for international theaters, theme parks, retail stores and consumer products businesses.

Additionally, he served as a member of the management team overseeing the implementation of Warner Bros.' SAP finance and procurement system worldwide.

Execs at Warners called him an extraordinary executive, respected leader and friend.

Hettler is survived by his wife, Sheri, and their two children, Shane, 16 and Shelby, 12.

A memorial service and reception will be held at noon on Saturday at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Hettler's memory to UCLA's Art of the Brain Neuro-Oncology Program or to the David Hettler Memorial Scholarship Fund at Claremont McKenna College.