Johann Schneider-Ammann

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Johann Schneider-Ammann
Johann Schneider-Ammann 2011.jpg
President of Switzerland
In office
1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016
Vice President Doris Leuthard
Preceded by Simonetta Sommaruga
Succeeded by Doris Leuthard
Vice President of Switzerland
In office
1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015
President Simonetta Sommaruga
Preceded by Simonetta Sommaruga
Succeeded by Doris Leuthard
Head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
Assumed office
1 November 2010
Preceded by Doris Leuthard
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Assumed office
1 November 2010
Preceded by Hans-Rudolf Merz
Personal details
Born Johann Niklaus Schneider
(1952-02-18) 18 February 1952 (age 66)
Sumiswald, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Died August 2018
Switzerland
Political party FDP.The Liberals
Spouse(s) Katharina Ammann
Children 2
Alma mater ETH Zürich
INSEAD

Johann Niklaus Schneider-Ammann (born Schneider; 18 February 1952) is a Swiss businessman and a politician. Schneider-Ammann is married, has two children, and lives in Langenthal, Canton of Bern, Switzerland.

The son of a veterinarian born in Sumiswald, Switzerland, Schneider-Ammann graduated as an electrical engineer from the ETH Zürich in 1977, and obtained a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in France in 1983.[1][2]

From 1990 to 2010, Schneider-Ammann acted as the head of his family's mechanical engineering company, Ammann Group, in the 4th generation, when he passed control over the company to his two children.

Political career[edit]

In 1999, Schneider-Ammann was elected to the Swiss National Council, and is a member of the Free Democratic Party.

From 1999, Schneider-Ammann chaired the corporate union Swissmem. Schneider-Ammann was elected to the National Council in 1999, and re-elected in 2003 and 2007.

In the context of the 2008 financial crisis, Schneider-Ammann took a critical stance on bonuses awarded to the finance industry.[3]

In 2008, Schneider-Ammann's company moved substantial funds to a tax haven in Jersey.[4]

On 22 September 2010, Schneider-Ammann was elected to the Swiss Federal Council, as the successor to Hans-Rudolf Merz.[5] Schneider-Ammann is the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research—the Swiss commerce minister (formerly the Federal Department of Economic Affairs)--taking office on 1 November 2010.[6] Schneider-Ammann had previously announced his intention to step down from his corporate responsibilities as well as various board memberships if elected.[1]

Other activities[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Johann Schneider-Ammann: un capitaine d'industrie". Le Matin (in French). Edipresse Publications SA. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Schneider-Ammann: le sacre de l'entrepreneur". TSR info (in French). SRG SSR Idée Suisse. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Egenter, Sven; Rhodes, Jason (22 September 2010). "Women take majority in Swiss cabinet for first time". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. p. 2. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Andreas Valda, Schneider-Ammann, ein Steueroptimierer?, Tages-Anzeiger 30 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Elections produce female majority in cabinet". Swissinfo.ch. SRG SSR Idée Suisse. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Leuthard au DETEC, Widmer-Schlumpf aux finances". TSR Télévision Suisse Romande. SRG SSR. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Board of Governors Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
  8. ^ Board of Governors European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hans-Rudolf Merz
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
2010–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Doris Leuthard
Head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
2010–present
Preceded by
Simonetta Sommaruga
Vice President of Switzerland
2015
Succeeded by
Doris Leuthard
President of Switzerland
2016