The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has chosen a new executive director.

John S. Williams, the former head of the Maine Pulp and Paper Association and Coalition board member, was announced as the new director on Wednesday. He will replace Nancy Grant, who is leaving in mid-October.

“Given his impressive record of success to date, we are confident that John, along with the Coalition’s staff and board, will continue to build the organization and inspire the Maine community to make Maine a better place for bicycling and walking,” Coalition Board of Directors President Phil Coffin said in a statement.

Williams has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Maine and worked as director of the Maine Waste Management Agency and Land Use Regulation Comission under Gov. Angus King.

Williams was executive director of the pulp and paper association from 2002-2015 and has since been an independent consultant.