Burbank, CA – Reg Harpur has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations and Planning, Warner Bros. Entertainment, it was announced today by Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros.
In his new role, Harpur will work closely with the Studio’s executive management team to further develop and implement operational and profit improvement opportunities across the company’s global businesses. He will also work with the international management team to explore possible acquisitions and new business opportunities, including in emerging markets.
“Earlier this year, we set some very ambitious goals for the Studio, both operationally and financially,” said Tsujihara. “In his new role, Reg will be able to draw from more than two decades’ experience with Warner Bros. to help us reach those goals. This promotion reflects the many contributions Reg has made to the company throughout his career, and I look forward to working with him in this expanded role.”
Prior to his promotion, Harpur served as Senior Vice President and Controller, a post he was promoted to in 1994. In this role, he was responsible for managing, directly and indirectly, Warner Bros.’ worldwide finance and accounting staff of more than 1,000. He was also responsible for the company’s near-term and long-range financial planning, as well as its treasury, tax and financial compliance functions. He joined the company in 1992 as Vice President, Finance.
Prior to joining Warner Bros., Harpur was a partner with Ernst & Young, where he served clients of the firm’s Los Angeles area offices and specialized in audit, acquisition and advisory services to the filmed entertainment, recorded music, music publishing and broadcasting industries. During his tenure with E&Y, he assisted Warner Bros. with its acquisition of Lorimar Television and assisted Warner Bros./Warner Communications in its merger with Time Inc.
Harpur was a key member of the AICPA’s Motion Picture Task Force, a seven-member group of industry specialists who convened during 1999-2000 to draft the current U.S. accounting guidance for producers and distributors of film and television product.