Stephen Coughlin

Stephen Coughlin

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Stephen rejoined AES in 2020 after serving as the founding CEO of Fluence (NASDAQ: FLNC), a company formed when AES merged our energy storage business with Siemens. He led Fluence for its first two and a half years, assisting in its development as the global market leader and publicly traded company it is today with 6.2+ GW of storage and optimized bidding assets in operation or contracted in 44+ markets. As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Stephen plays an integral role in developing AES’ strategic plans that have simplified our equity story and enabled ranking among the top renewable developers in the world.

Prior to his current role, Stephen served as AES’ Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Financial Planning, leading our strategic scenario activities, including ensuring the company’s resiliency during the pandemic, guiding our capital allocation decisions to accelerate the future of energy and managing our budgeting and forecasting process. He also previously served as the Chief of Staff to the AES CEO and the Director of Finance for AES’ wind generation business. 

Before joining AES, Stephen was an economic and litigation consultant at Charles River Associates. He also worked in business development and strategic planning at AOL Mobile and conducted business analysis at MCI Communications. 

Stephen is a strategic and financial advisor to the AES board and contributes to a broad range of corporate governance activities, including mergers and acquisitions, maintaining a risk management framework, investing in new technologies, and communicating with investors. 

Stephen received a bachelor's degree in Commerce and Finance from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.