In 1981 Mr Schneider-Ammann joined the Langenthal machine manufacturing company belonging to the family of his wife, Katharina.
In 1990 he became president of the Ammann Group. From 1999 Mr Schneider-Ammann was president of Swissmem, the association of Swiss of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and metalworking industries; he has also been vice president of the Swiss Business Federation economiesuisse.
Johann Schneider-Amann graduated as an electrical engineer from the ETH Zürich in 1977, and obtained a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in France in 1983
Johann N. Schneider-Ammann was an FDP National Councillor from 1999 to 2010. On 22 September 2010 the Federal Assembly elected him to the Federal Council.
He has been head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) since 1 November 2010
The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) deals with economic affairs and trade policy, including agricultural policy.
It is also responsible for education, research and innovation. Further areas such as housing are also part of its remit.
Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann is responsible for ensuring that Switzerland is optimally positioned in its foreign economic policy.
EAER head Johann N. Schneider-Ammann is also in charge of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). The three areas managed by this Secretariat – education, research and innovation – are of central importance to Switzerland’s economic performance.
Working in close cooperation with the cantons and, in part, with the private sector, the education system is designed on all levels to ensure there are no ‘dead-end qualifications’ and that different needs in vocational education, universities of applied sciences, cantonal universities and the ETH Domain are met. International cooperation in research programmes, as well as the Swiss Space Office – which is an important partner for industry – are also essential.
Before taking over as head of the EAER on 1 November 2010, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann was a member of the National Council for eleven years for the FDP.The Liberals, where he served on the Economic Affairs and Taxation Committee.
Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann was born in 1952 and has a degree in electrical engineering from the ETH Zurich. Before he became a member of the Federal Council, he was president and delegate of the Ammann Group. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann is married and has two adult children.