ITR GmbH, the parent company which controls the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, has appointed a new Director of Business Unit Sport and Engineering and a new Head of International Communications.
Gordian von Schöning is the new Director Business Unit Sport and Engineering. The German has previously worked at BMW Motorsport, where he was the DTM Project Manager for Development and Design.
Prior to that, von Schöning worked for nine years at HWA where he was the Team Leader for Vehicle Development and in latter years the Manager Designed On-Track.
Together with Michael Bernard, von Schöning will lead the cooperation between manufacturers, the sanctioning body Deutscher Motor Sport Bund e.V. (DMSB) and ITR in regard to technical developments, in particular the development and management of the mandatory parts.
Elsewhere, the DTM’s ongoing cooperation with the Japanese Super GT series, from a technical perspective, will be part of his responsibilities.
Steve Cooper has also been appointed as the Head of Communication International. Cooper will be based in the UK, working closely together with Guido Stalmann, Head of Communication at ITR headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
Cooper has previous experience working for the Autosport and F1 Racing magazines, before working for the McLaren Formula 1 team for a decade.
“We’ve never made any secret of our big ambitions for DTM,” said ITR GmbH Managing Director Achim Kostron. “We want to expand the DTM’s worldwide exposure and thereby attract new fans from all corners of the globe.
“We’re developing and growing the team all the time, and these two new appointments reflect our desire to both strengthen our organization, and broaden it at the same time.”
The DTM kicks off at the Hockenheimring on the 3-5 May.