Johann Schneider-Ammann


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. Schneider-Ammann headed the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research during his tenure as a Federal Councillor.

Johann Schneider-Ammann
President of Switzerland
In office
1 January 2016  31 December 2016
Vice PresidentDoris Leuthard
Preceded bySimonetta Sommaruga
Succeeded byDoris Leuthard
19th Vice President of Switzerland
In office
1 January 2015  31 December 2015
PresidentSimonetta Sommaruga
Preceded bySimonetta Sommaruga
Succeeded byDoris Leuthard
Head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
In office
1 November 2010  31 December 2018
Preceded byDoris Leuthard
Succeeded byGuy Parmelin
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
In office
1 November 2010  31 December 2018
Preceded byHans-Rudolf Merz
Succeeded byKarin Keller-Sutter
Personal details
Born
Johann Niklaus Schneider

(1952-02-18) 18 February 1952 (age 69)
Sumiswald, Switzerland
Political partyFree Democratic Party (until 2009)
FDP.The Liberals (2009–present)
Spouse(s)Katharina Ammann
Children2
ResidenceLangenthal
Alma materETH Zürich
INSEAD

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.[1][2] 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.

Political career

Schneider-Ammann with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Geneva in 2016

In 1999, Schneider-Ammann was elected to the Swiss National Council for the canton of Bern as a member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP/PRD). From 1999, he chaired the corporate union Swissmem. He was reelected to the National Council 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] The same year, Schneider-Ammann's company moved substantial funds to a tax haven in Jersey.[4]

In 2009, Schneider-Ammann became a member of the newly-established FDP.The Liberals. In the 2010 election, he was elected to the Swiss Federal Council as the successor to Hans-Rudolf Merz.[5] He took office on 1 November 2010 as the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, which became the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research in 2013.[6] He had previously announced his intention to step down from his corporate responsibilities as well as various board memberships if elected.[1]

He served as Vice President of the Confederation in 2015 under President Simonetta Sommaruga before assuming the presidency the next year. In March 2016, he became an Internet meme after a speech on laughter that many deemed sad.[7] On 31 December 2018, Schneider-Ammann left the Federal Council; he was replaced by Karin Keller-Sutter.

Other activities


Notes and references


  1. "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. Archived from the original on 30 September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  7. Johann Schneider-Ammann fait rire en parlant tristement du... rire!, rts.ch (in French), 8 March 2016
  8. Board of Governors Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
  9. Board of Governors European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
  10. Members Joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee.