Peter Ammon presented his credentials to the State Department on Aug. 9, 2011 to become ambassador of Germany to the United States.
Ambassador Ammon, a career diplomat who has been posted to London, Dakar and New Delhi, most recently served as state secretary at the German Foreign Office, before which he was ambassador to France from 2007 to 2008. He also previously served at the German Embassy in Washington, from 1999 to 2001, as economic minister. As director-general for economics at the German Foreign Office from 2001 to 2007, he helped to prepare the G8 world economic summits for German Chancellors Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel, while from 1996 to 1999, he was head of policy planning and speech writer to the German president.
Ambassador Ammon holds a doctorate in economics from Berlin’s Free University.
He is married to Marliese Heimann-Ammon, and they have two grown daughters, Ariane and Christina. His personal interests include working out, hiking, and listening to the music of Bob Dylan.