|Member of the Swiss Federal Council|
1 November 2010
|Preceded by||Hans-Rudolf Merz|
|Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research|
1 November 2010
|Preceded by||Doris Leuthard|
18 February 1952 |
|Political party||FDP.The Liberals|
|Alma mater||Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
European Institute of Business Administration
Johann Niklaus Schneider-Ammann (born 18 February 1952) is a Swiss businessman and politician. Member of the Free Democratic Party, he was elected to the Swiss National Council in 1999. The son of a veterinary born in Sumiswald, Switzerland, he graduated as an electrical engineer from the ETH Zürich in 1977, and obtained a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in France in 1983.
At the head of Swiss mechanical engineering company Ammann Group as well as the corporate union Swissmem, Schneider-Ammann enjoys the reputation of a manager focusing on human capital more than just on profit. During 2008 and 2009, he took a critical stances on bonuses awarded to the finance industry.
On 22 September 2010, he was elected to the Swiss Federal Council, as successor to Hans-Rudolf Merz. He is heading the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (formerly the Federal Department of Economic Affairs), taking office on 1 November 2010. Schneider-Ammann had previously announced his intention to step down from his corporate responsibilities as well as various board memberships if elected.
Schneider-Ammann is married, has two children and lives in Langenthal.
Notes and references
- "Johann Schneider-Ammann: un capitaine d’industrie". Le Matin (in French). Edipresse Publications SA. 22. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
- "Schneider-Ammann: le sacre de l’entrepreneur". TSR info (in French). SRG SSR Idée Suisse. 20. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
- Egenter, Sven; Rhodes, Jason (22). "Women take majority in Swiss cabinet for first time". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. p. 2. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
- "Elections produce female majority in cabinet". Swissinfo.ch. SRG SSR Idée Suisse. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
- "Leuthard au DETEC, Widmer-Schlumpf aux finances". TSR Télévision Suisse Romande. SRG SSR. 27. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
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