The movers and shakers behind Halle 550.
Realize a great event together.

Would you like to learn more about our unique event location? Or are you already in the middle of planning an event? Then don’t hesitate to contact us personally. We look forward to working with you to put on an unforgettable event.

Simone is the mommy of the team. If the shoe pinches somewhere, she has an open ear. Of course, her empathy doesn't let her down with customers either. As a self-proclaimed "Tüpflischiesserin", no one can get past her when it comes to spelling. Photo
Simone Graf

Head of Sales & Communication

Claudio is the head of the team and also an excellent number cruncher. With his calm and balanced manner, he keeps a cool head even in heated discussions. In order to live up to his role as a calming influence, he has probably jogged around the world at least once. In addition to nature, he also likes to spend time at the hearth or on deserted islands. Photo
Claudio Losa

Head of Event Venues

Andrea is the employee with by far the longest e-mail address. Thanks to her years of agency experience, she always thinks three corners ahead for us. She brings the perfect mix of a good portion of fire and an eye for detail. Friday mornings, in all weathers, she goes jogging with her dog. If you need a sugar or mood-boost, you've come to the right place: Andrea always has sweets in her drawer and a joke on her lips. Photo
Andrea dos Santos Klein

Project Manager Sales

Christin is a born saleswoman. Her many years of experience, gained in a wide variety of establishments, help her to look at each event from different angles and provide customers with expert advice. With her open and outgoing manner, she breaks the ice at every meeting. She loves to travel around the world. In her free time, she likes to hike on glaciers or enjoy the scenery on a leisurely motorcycle tour.
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Christin Schramm

Sales & Customer Service

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Luca Bischof

Sales & Ticketing

Good food and drink - that is close to Viera's heart and she makes sure of that in our hall. With the perfect mix of organization and improvisation, she ensures that our customers get their fill. Viera satisfies her own hunger for travel with trips around the globe. Her diving license and a good selection of print media are always in her backpack. Photo
Viera Aeppli

Lead of Gastronomy

Stanley is our hipster in the team. No sooner has a new bar opened than he has visited it. As a self-proclaimed gin connoisseur, he's been around quite a bit. For him, electronic music is a must with a good gin. As a project manager, he sets the tone at our events. Photo
Stanley Aebi

Project Manager

Small but mighty - that's Marie. Our customers benefit from her lively, fresh and at the same time clear and open-minded manner. After a year at sea and three months in Malta, the Berliner can now also be found at home, where she pursues her passion for painting, or at a good rock concert. Photo
Marie-Luis Krackowitz

Project Manager

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Alexander Künzel

Project Manager

Host with heart - that's Sven. As event manager he knows how to inspire our guests with his charm and personality. He captivates with his unmistakable humor and his eloquence makes him a true one-of-a-kind. His affinity for trends and aesthetics is reflected in the redesign of our seminar rooms as well as the "550amPark". After work, he likes to relax by baking and spoils our team with the results from his kitchen. Photo
Sven Janson

Project Manager

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Sara Montez Da Silva

Communication

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Michèle Betz

Communication

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Kenneth Schollenberger

Sales

David is professionalism personified. With his charming manner and his diverse experience, he resolves stressful situations with aplomb and supports the hall in all corners. To compensate, he travels, dances or enjoys nature - always with a smile on his lips, of course. Photo
David Aschwanden

Logistic

Wherever Noel goes, peace returns. This is thanks to his patient, organized and loving nature. When the dreamer is not throwing parties, he devotes himself to basketball, soccer or his dog Rambo. There is no question that Noel will one day fulfill his dream of owning his own hotel in Ecuador. Photo
Noel Hintermann

Project Manager

Sören is our fire extinguisher. Although he doesn't let anything burn in his kitchen, he is always on the spot when there is a fire. Professionally, but also privately, no challenge is too big for him: from biking, to skiing or SUP, Sören is actively involved with enthusiasm. Photo
Sören Klemm

Executive Chef

Sascha puts smiles on faces; our customers with his fine creations and the team with his open and humorous manner. Passionate Sascha is not only in the kitchen and in dealing with his fellow men, but also in gaming. Photo
Sascha Tholen

Operational Head Chef

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Ingo Hellmuth

Chef Production

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Nina Bienz

Lead of Restaurant

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Sebastian Keuters

Head Chef Restaurant

It takes a lot to get Nicolas off his guard. As the interface between Sales, Project Management and Operations Although his phone rings day and night, the Bernese always remains calm and keeps track of everything that's going on in the hall. To live up to the Bern clichés, Nicolas can be found in his spare time boating on the Aare, at a YB match or a good home party. Photo
Nicolas Gertschen

Head of Venue Technology & Infrastructure

Erik's Swedish heart beats especially for rowing and his motorcycle, with which he likes to travel across Switzerland in warmer months. Always with a smile on his face, he ensures that Hall 550 is ready for any occasion in the areas of furniture, building services, electricity and cleaning. Photo
Erik Sandin

Lead of Facility Management

Igor is already part of the inventory, because he knows our neighboring location StageOne like the back of his hand. In summer, he likes to spend his free time in his allotment garden behind the French border. With his helpful and courteous manner, he contributes significantly to every successful event. Photo
Igor Ilic

Facility Manager

The story behind Halle 550

1863
The English engineer and designer Mathew Murray Jackson and Peter Emil Huber, a mechanical engineer, founded the subcontracting firm Peter Emil Huber & Cie in Oerlikon. With the aim of producing inexpensive but high-quality forgings, Huber bought a piece of land near the Oerlikon railroad station in 1863 and had factory buildings built.

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1872
The public limited company Daverio, Siewert & Giesker buys the land together with the factories from the young entrepreneur. Peter Emil Huber is elected chairman of the board of directors. The factory mainly produces tools, machines, turbines and the electrical parts of the locomotives. This is also the case for the famous SBB locomotive, the “Krokodil”.

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1884-1886
Huber establishes an electrical engineering department and wins Charles Brown Sr. to head it. The factory is renamed Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon (MFO).

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1902
The company develops a new type of traction motor for single-phase alternating current, which is installed in locomotives and makes a significant contribution to the electrification of the SBB.

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1967
The various inventions and productions help the company to success and growth: MFO employs 199 people in 1879, 3,351 in 1930 and grows to a size of 4,500 employees by 1967.

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Today
Today, the MFO Park is a reminder of the place where the old factory hall originally stood. Built in 2002, the MFO structure still enriches the view from Hall 550.

Here are some facts about the MFO Park:

  • 100m long, 35m wide, 17m high
  • 330t steel, 30km climbing rope
  • 103 climbing plant species and varieties
  • 1100 plants
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1872
The public limited company Daverio, Siewert & Giesker buys the land together with the factories from the young entrepreneur. Peter Emil Huber is elected chairman of the board of directors. The factory mainly produces tools, machines, turbines and the electrical parts of the locomotives. This is also the case for the famous SBB locomotive, the “Krokodil”.

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1902
The company develops a new type of traction motor for single-phase alternating current, which is installed in locomotives and makes a significant contribution to the electrification of the SBB.

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Today
Today, the MFO Park is a reminder of the place where the old factory hall originally stood. Built in 2002, the MFO structure still enriches the view from Hall 550.

Here are some facts about the MFO Park:

  • 100m long, 35m wide, 17m high
  • 330t steel, 30km climbing rope
  • 103 climbing plant species and varieties
  • 1100 plants
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