The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Michelle Mizumori Cathcart to be its vice president of Transmission System Operations. She will begin her new position Aug. 8.“Michelle is a results-driven leader with impressive electric power industry experience and academic credentials,” said Richard Shaheen, senior vice president for Transmission Services. “She’s a great addition to the BPA transmission team, as well as an outstanding talent to oversee the operations of Bonneville’s transmission system and tackle all of the complexities of delivering electric power today.”As leader of BPA’s Transmission System Operations organization, Mizumori Cathcart will oversee the safe, reliable and open access operation and dispatch of BPA’s high-voltage transmission system and interconnected generation. The group also operates and manages BPA’s two regional control centers and represents the agency on operations and other coordination issues with the Northwest Power Pool, California Independent System Operator, PacifiCorp and other balancing authorities and system operators. She succeeds Randi Thomas, who has led the organization since 2006 and is retiring this summer.“I am thrilled to join BPA and lead a team of professionals dedicated to Bonneville’s mission of delivering reliable power and services to the customers and communities we serve,” Mizumori Cathcart said.