John Chesser serves as Senior Vice President of Finance, Treasurer, and Head of M&A for Talen Energy. In this role, Mr. Chesser leads the Company’s capital allocation strategies, financial planning (FP&A), bank relationships and financings, investor relations and M&A activities. In addition, Mr. Chesser serves as co-chair of the Company’s retirement plan investment committees, overseeing approximately $1.5 billion of invested assets.
Previously, Mr. Chesser acted as Talen’s Divisional Chief Financial Officer, managing six gigawatts of generating assets in the NYISO, ISO-NE, ERCOT, and WECC markets. In this capacity, Mr. Chesser was responsible for driving the financial and operating performance improvements of a significant portion of Talen’s fleet since its go-private transaction.
Prior to joining Talen in 2017, 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.