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Christian Nellemann

Founder & Executive Chairman


London, UK

Christian Nellemann
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PJN Strategies LLC

Christian Nellemann’s Biography

Christian Nellemann is the Founder and Executive Chairman of XLN. He founded the company in 2002 and has taken it through four Private Equity backed deals. XLN supplies over 110,000 small companies with telecom and payment services and employs nearly 500 people in London and Sheffield.

A serial entrepreneur, Christian started his career in Mile End in 1989 when he founded a perfume company. He is passionate about UK High Streets and ensuring they thrive, evolve and remain diverse as part of our communities.

Christian is Non-Executive Chairman of Wifinity Ltd., and an investor in many start-ups and early stage UK and European companies.

He has won numerous awards including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award twice, and was inducted into EY’s prestigious Global Hall of Fame in 2014. He also holds the BCVA CEO of the Year award and the CX Silver Award for Tech Entrepreneur of the Year, among many others.

Christian Nellemann’s Background

Founder & Executive Chairman
Jan 2002 - Present
XLN, founded in 2002 as XLN Telecom, is the UK’s largest independent provider of telecom services to small businesses in Britain having over 130,000 customers across the country.
Euroffice Ltd
Jan 1999 - Jan 2005
Euroffice is the UK’s leading online provider of office products and services to the SME market, using an internet-only business model. Christian started the company in 1999 having previously been involved in building OfficePoint & OfficeStar. He sold his stake in the company to Darwin Private Equity in 2010 and ceased his involvement with the company.

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Current Board Positions

Non Executive Chairman
Mar 2020 - Present
London, UK
Wifinity provides wireless internet services across a range of sectors including Defence (where Wifinity is the number 1 provider for recreational WiFi), Holiday Resorts, and Retail. Wifinity has its own flexible cloud software platform so there is no need to rely on external software.

Current Advisory Roles

PEPTalks by Marble Hill Partners
Founding Member
Jul 2018 - Present
PEPTalks aim is to support private equity backed CEOS. As a Founding Member, Christian acts as a mentor to member CEOs by passing on his experience and helping them to understand the unwritten rules of PE.

Awards & Endorsements

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Smith & Williamson
Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame
London, UK
CXA - UK Customer Experience Awards
Gold Winner (XLN)
London, UK
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Christian Nellemann’s Education

Handelshoejskole Syd
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
1986 - 1989

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