The West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) has appointed Laura Shoaf to head up Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) – the body that will replace the ITA.
Ms Shoaf will become managing director for TfWM - the upcoming transport arm of the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) - when it comes into effect on June 10.
She will be responsible for the combined authority’s transport strategy, which integrates the region’s road, rail, bus and tram systems.
Her appointment was approved at the final meeting of the ITA whose powers and duties, along with its delivery body Centro, will be transferred to TfWM.
Ms Shoaf said: 'In forming the new combined authority, the leaders have set out a very exciting vision for transport and I’m thrilled to be given an opportunity to play a part in that.
'There is a lot of hard work ahead but with the wider West Midlands now working together as a combined authority I believe we can realise those ambitions for the benefit of the whole region.'