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Johann Schneider-Ammann
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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
In office
1 November 2010 – 31 December 2018
Preceded by Doris Leuthard
Succeeded by Guy Parmelin
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
In office
1 November 2010 – 31 December 2018
Preceded by Hans-Rudolf Merz
Succeeded by Karin Keller-Sutter
Personal details
Born
Johann Niklaus Schneider

(1952-02-18) 18 February 1952 (age 70)
Sumiswald, Switzerland
Political party Free Democratic Party (until 2009)
FDP.The Liberals (since 2009)
Spouse(s) Katharina Ammann
Children 2
Residence(s) Langenthal
Alma mater ETH Zürich
INSEAD

Johann Niklaus Schneider-Ammann (born Schneider, 18 February 1952) is a Swiss businessman and politician who served as a Member of the Swiss Federal Council from 2010 to 2018. A member of FDP.The Liberals, he was President of the Swiss Confederation in 2016. During his tenure as a Federal Councillor, Schneider-Ammann headed the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.

Biography

Origin and private career

The son of a veterinarian born in Sumiswald in the canton of Bern, 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. From 1990 to 2010, he acted as the head of his family's mechanical engineering company, Ammann Group, in the fourth generation, when he passed control over the company to his two children. Schneider-Ammann is married, has two children and lives in Langenthal.

Other activities

  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors
  • Joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee, Member
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