Today the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) announced current Deputy Director Bill Brown will become its executive director on May 17, when Shelly Johnson completes her time with the association.

Brown has been with AMTA for eight years, and has been its deputy director since the fall of 2010, noted an AMTA press release. Until the transition is completed in May, he and Johnson will collaborate on the day-to-day operations of AMTA.

“With Bill’s years of experience at AMTA, includingtwo-and-a-half years as deputy director, the board is confident in his abilities and understanding of AMTA, its members and the future direction of the association,” said AMTA President Winona Bontrager. “Shelly has given much to AMTA and our members over more than 10 and-a-half years and has contributed greatly to the development of our profession.”

Read the press release here.