Mark (“Mac”) McFarland is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Talen Energy Corporation. He was appointed to the role in May 2023 and concurrently joined the Company’s Board. In this capacity, Mr. McFarland oversees all aspects of the Company’s long-term strategy and overall performance including leadership of its wholesale power generation business, commercial operations, and its Cumulus growth businesses.
Mr. McFarland previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer as well as Chairman of the Board of California Resources Corporation (CRC), an independent energy and carbon management company committed to energy transition. He continues to serve on the Board of CRC and Chairs Carbon TerraVault, a wholly owned subsidiary of CRC. Prior to his roles with CRC, he was Executive Chairman of GenOn Energy, an independent power producer. He also served as their President and Chief Executive Officer from April 2017 to December 2018 and continued on as a member of their Board the until September 2022. From 2013 to 2016, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Luminant Holding Company LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corporation, a large independent power producer. From 2008 to 2013, he served as both Chief Commercial Officer of Luminant and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy of Energy Future Holdings. From 1999 to 2008, Mr. McFarland served in various roles at Exelon Corporation, including as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development.
Currently, Mr. McFarland serves on the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Energy Institute, and previously served on the Boards of TerraForm Power, Bruin E&P Partners, and Chaparral Energy.
Mr. McFarland earned his Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (Environmental Concentration) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He received his professional engineer license in 1995.