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.

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

Rudi makes sure that our operational apparatus runs smoothly. With his charming and humorous manner, he is the string puller in the kitchen and project management areas. When he's not making sure that our guests receive top-notch service, he also likes to be served himself as a gourmet. Photo
Rudi Müller

Head of Events

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

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

Hospitality is in Kathy's blood. The warm-hearted Austrian satisfies her hunger for travel and her thirst for knowledge with countless trips around the globe and a colorful portfolio of education and training.
With her outgoing and open manner, she always manages to motivate the team to give their best and exudes lightness and fun, which infect both guests and employees.
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Kathy Stülpnagel

Head of Gastronomy

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

If creative ideas are needed, Fabienne is not far away. She combines trends with a trained eye for snapshots and professional skills. With her motivated and upbeat manner, she keeps the team's spirits high. As a former globetrotter, she now likes to be at home with a good glass of red wine. Photo
Fabienne Leutenegger

Sales & Communication

Anna is our sunshine. If you need support, Anna is there with a grin on her face. With her positive nature, she inspires not only the team, but also the customers. The little bundle of energy recharges her batteries with sports, yoga or in the mountains in winter. After work, however, it can also be cozy. The foodie never says no to a drink or a vegan meal. Photo
Anna Rall

Sales & Communication

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

"Still waters run deep". Nina has it – in a positive way - as big as a fist behind the ears. She enhances our team know-how around ticketing with her 10 years of experience in various circus and show productions. No matter how nerve-wracking the negotiations may be, her calm and even-tempered nature is not easily shaken. When she's not playing with her three kids, she likes to spend time on her yoga mat or in her garden. Photo
Nina Walder

Ticketing & Communication

"A recipe has no soul. You as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe." This quote from Thomas Keller sums up Marcel's passion for cooking. Combined with his passion for photography, he creates mouthwatering images. Photo
Marcel Zumbrunnen

Executive Chef

Behind Kai's quiet facade, there is a lot more besides his passion for cooking. Kai doesn't only have an enormous amount of knowledge and skill in his work, but he also has a good dose of humor laced with sarcasm. When he isn't showing off his patissier skills for events, he spends his free time on his motorcycle, on the basketball court or spoiling his friends and family with his culinary skills at the BBQ. Photo
Kai Dawson

Operational Kitchen Manager

With his sunny disposition and temperament, Felipe brings a healthy dose of cheerfulness and nonchalance to the team. If you ever lose sight of him, he draws attention to himself by singing and prancing around the kitchen. In his free time, he can switch off to the rhythmic sounds of fitness and yoga. When all of his energy is drained by being active, he can sit back and enjoy a leisurely evening with Netflix.
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Felipe Burch

Chef Production

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

Head 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

Our Croatian charmer Marinko is an all-rounder: Besides as a catering master in Formula 1 and at truck races, he was on tour with “Das Zelt” for more than 10 years and set the tone there from an organizational and service point of view. He makes sure that everything runs smoothly. He is a passionate rummy player. Both in the game and in our hall, he can always pull an ace out of his sleeve. Photo
Marinko Matvi

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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