Birmingham and Solihull Local enterprise partnership chairman Andy Street will be joined on the LEP board by eight members, picked from more than 80 applicants.
A rigorous selection process was designed to ensure the board reflects the geography of the region as well as the key sectors and different size of businesses in the area.
However, it has resulted in an all-male board.
Members will include Alan Volkaerts, operations director at Jaguar Land-Rover’s Solihull plant; Brian Francis, group managing director of ThyssenKrupp Tallent; David Kaye, managing director of National Express’ bus division; and Nick Bunker, President Kraft Foods and Cadbury.
They also include Paul Heaven, founder and managing director of Blue Sky Corporate Finance, based in Bromsgrove; Rob Brown, group managing director of Burton-based construction giant Roger Bullivant, and Wade Lyn, founder of Birmingham-based Cleone Foods, the UK’s leading Caribbean food manufacturer.
David Eastwood, vice-chancellor of the University of Birmingham, has agreed to be the university and colleges representative on the board.
Mr Street said: “The members of the local enterprise partnership board represent an impressive range of business talent, not only from the Midlands but the UK as a whole.
“The combined skills and experience of this team are precisely what the local enterprise partnership needs to generate lasting benefits for the region, and I am confident we have the right people in place.”