Murray Easton, former BAE Systems Submarines' managing director, has been appointed the first chairman of the newly created Barrow Vision.
Easton has three decades' of experience working for ship building operations across the world. He spent six years as head of Barrow shipyard, during which time he was responsible for the Astute class nuclear "Hunter Killer" submarine programme.
Barrow Vision is the new regeneration agency in Cumbria's second largest urban centre, consolidating West Lakes Renaissance and the Barrow and Furness Peninsular Task Force.
Among other projects, the organisation will deliver the Waterfront Barrow-in-Furness development, comprising 650 new homes and a new business park and a new Academy for the town.
Bob Pointing, formerly chief executive of West Lakes Renaissance, has been appointed chief executive of Barrow Vision.