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.
In 1999, Schneider-Ammann was elected to the Swiss National Council, and is a member of the Free Democratic Party.
On 22 September 2010, Schneider-Ammann was elected to the Swiss Federal Council, as the successor to Hans-Rudolf Merz. 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. Schneider-Ammann had previously announced his intention to step down from his corporate responsibilities as well as various board memberships if elected.