The New York Red Bulls have announced the appointment of Jochen Schneider as the club's new head of sport.
The 51-year-old replaces Kevin Thelwell, who departed for the English Premier League in February to take over as Everton's director of football.
Sporting director Denis Hamlett will remain in charge of the Red Bulls' day-to-day soccer operations and report to Schneider, who will begin work pending the receipt of his US work visa.
“I am very pleased to join the New York Red Bulls as their new head of sport and am absolutely honored to be able to return to the Red Bull family,” Schneider said in a club press release. “I look forward to working closely together with Marc de Grandpré along with Denis Hamlett, Gerhard Struber, and all the members of the sporting department to lead this club. I am really excited to work in MLS – the fastest growing soccer league worldwide.”
Schneider most recently held the position of head of sport and communications at German club Schalke 04 in a career dating back to 1999, when he was assistant to former VfB Stuttgart head of sport Rolf Rüssmann.
He joined the Red Bull family in 2015 and, in June 2017, became RB Leipzig's head of sport and internationalization, working closely with Ralf Rangnick. During his time with Leipzig, Schneider helped bring in a number of talented youngsters, including Liverpool center-back Ibrahima Konate and USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams - signed from RBNY.