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Christian Lanng

San Francisco, CA, USA

Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman

Tradeshift

Christian Lanng

Biography

Christian Lanng is Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman at Tradeshift, the largest business commerce company in the world, that provides a global commerce platform connecting buyers and sellers. Tradeshift works with Fortune 5000 company leaders and has grown to over 800 people with offices in 13 countries.

Aged 19, Christian started his first technology company and was the youngest Head of Division in the Danish Government, National IT and Telecom Agency. Christian is a recognized thought leader and Fortune 500 advisor. Additionally, he was project manager for the NemHandel project which won the Danish digitalization award in 2009. Christian worked in Madrid as Strategic Consultant to a wireless service provider which was later sold to Telefonica and was Founder & CEO of Human Zoo A/S which was focussed on early mobile internet and e-commerce solutions.

Christian has won numerous awards for his work. In 2015 he won The Circulars Digital Disruptor award. He was selected to be a member of Neelie Kroes Young Digital Advisor group and was given the Innovation Award by Danish Industry. In 2010, Tradeshift was award Best Business Startup by Techcrunch and he was named as one of the top 100 talents under 30 in Denmark in 2005. A Member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society at the World Economic Forum, Christian plays a role in determining how the next generation of enterprise and personal digital eco-systems will evolve. He is the co-author of publications including The Great Debate: Will Supplier Networks Thrive, Implode or Evolve?

A graduate of Copenhagen University, Christian holds a Master, Sociology of IT, Network Economics and a BA in Sociology from Aalborg University. He attended the Mannaz Leadership programme.

Christian Lanng’s Newsfeed

Innovation Summit – Tech Will Automate 90% of Our Procurement Decisions within 3 Years

Christian stirs our thought processes with questions like “What if we started ‘not’ seeing any tail spend, any invoice approvals, etc again - that the software just does it? What if we moved to ‘no’ decisions needing to be made because the technology processes orders, invoices, payments without us even having to be involved?” That’s where technology is moving, and so Lanng predicts, 90% of the decisions we make today will be automated within the coming three years.

Nobody benefits from destabilized political systems, Tradeshift CEO...

Christian Lanng, CEO and co-founder of Tradeshift, says global supply chains have changed more in the last 12 months than in the last decade.

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Christian Lanng’s Background

Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman
Nov 2009 - Present
San Francisco, CA, USA
Tradeshift drives supply chain innovation for the digitally-connected economy. As the leader in supply chain payments & marketplaces, Tradeshift helps buyers & suppliers digitize their trade transactions, collaborate on every process, & connect with any supply chain app. More than one and a half million companies in 190 countries use Tradeshift to process over half a trillion USD in transactions.
Head of Division, IT & Infrastructure Division, SOA Taskforce Lead
Dec 2006 - Nov 2009
Copenhagen, DK
Christian played a vital role launching Easytrade and later PEPPOL. Launched the first Danish Open Government data program ODIS, the first large scale community for digitalization driving citizen participation & the public sectors first Open Source Strategy, focusing on government digitalization as a platform enabler for innovation & growth.
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Other Business Interests

Member Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society
Sep 2014 - Present
Davos, CH
Members of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society come together to discuss how the next generation of enterprise and personal digital eco-systems will evolve, define the key drivers and issues and prioritise those which require greater understanding, action or global collaboration.

Media

Media Appearance
Oct 2019 - Present
San Francisco, CA, USA
Work smarter, not harder. Jos White of Notion and of Tradeshift team up to show you how to work within, and sometimes around, rules in the workplace. Join this discussion to learn how to maximize efficiency within your company.
Media Appearance
Apr 2019 - Present
Davos, CH
Christian discusses the impact of the media of the world with Mark Thompson, CEO, New York Times & award-winning columnist, Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Publications

Co-Author
Jan 2005 - Present
An academic paper about the EasyTrade solution in Denmark.

Christian Lanng’s Education

Master, Sociology of IT, Network Economics
2004 - 2006
BA Sociology
2001 - 2004
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