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Christian Lanng

Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman


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Christian Lanng’s 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

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Tradeshift Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020

“2020 is shaping up to be a truly transformational year for Tradeshift as we prepare to launch new products and continue to accelerate towards near-term profitability,” said Christian Lanng, CEO, Tradeshift. “Ten years ago, Tradeshift was three guys sitting in a garage with a vision to connect every business in the world digitally, creating economic opportunity for all. Our ranking as one of the world’s most innovative companies is a testament to our customers, our partners and the incredible team we have assembled across the world to bring that vision into reality.”

Tradeshift raises $240M and appears to put its expected IPO on hold — for now – TechCrunch

“The additional funding we’ve secured is a testament to the belief the investor community has in our vision and our business model,” said Christian Lanng, CEO of Tradeshift in the statement. “As a network business, growth is always going to be a key part of our story. But it’s also important that we manage that growth responsibly.”

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.
Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science
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

World Economic Forum
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.


The Rules You Can Break, The Ones You Can’t With Tradeshift
Media Appearance
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.
Art at the Edge of Truth
Media Appearance
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.


Reducing barriers for e-business in SME's through an open service oriented infrastructure
An academic paper about the EasyTrade solution in Denmark.


WSJ CEO Council
New York, NY, USA
The WSJ CEO Council is a network of the world’s most influential business leaders driving the next era of industry, policy and the global economy.

Christian Lanng’s Education

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