John Chesser

Chief Financial Officer
Cumulus Coin & Talen Energy

John Chesser serves as Chief Financial Officer for Cumulus Coin. In this role, Mr. Chesser is responsible for the direction and oversight of all aspects of its financial activities. As a member of the leadership team, he plays an active role in the company’s development and long-term strategic planning initiatives.

Mr. Chesser also serves as Chief Financial Officer for Talen Energy. In this role, Mr. Chesser leads the Company’s finance, M&A, risk management and treasury activities.

Prior to being appointed Talen’s Chief Financial Officer in 2021, Mr. Chesser served as Senior Vice President of Finance, Treasurer and Head of M&A, leading the Company’s capital allocation, financial planning (FP&A), bank relationships and financings, investor relations, and M&A activities. From 2017-2019, he served as Divisional Chief Financial Officer, managing six gigawatts of generating assets and helping to deliver more than $400 million of annual cash flow improvements.

Before joining Talen, Mr. Chesser spent two decades in various leadership roles within PricewaterhouseCoopers, General Motors and Terraform Power. He has served as treasurer for multiple private and public companies, while also leading the FP&A, accounting, tax and supply chain functions. In addition, he has led or supported mergers and acquisitions affecting more than $20 billion of assets, including post-acquisition integration and special situations.

Mr. Chesser holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Masters of Taxation from the University of Alabama and an MBA from Harvard Business School.