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Christian Nellemann

Founder & Former Executive Chairman

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London, UK

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Christian Nellemann’s Biography

Christian Nellemann is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and former Executive Chairman of XLN. In March 2022 XLN was sold to telecoms company, Daisy Group.

Christian founded XLN in 2002 and took 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 is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and former Executive Chairman of XLN. In March 2022 XLN was sold to telecoms company, Daisy Group.

Christian founded XLN in 2002 and took 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 Newsfeed

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Daisy founder Riley seals £210m takeover of telecoms rival XLN

XLN's founder, Christan Nellemann, founded the company in 2002 to improve the telecoms services available to small businesses.

Hello – we are XLN and we’d like to introduce ourselves

Entrepreneur Christian Nellemann founded XLN, a phone and broadband provider for small businesses, in 2002.

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Christian Nellemann’s Background

XLN
Founder & Former Executive Chairman
Jan 2002 - Mar 2022
XLN, founded in 2002 as XLN Telecom, was the UK’s largest independent provider of telecom services to small businesses in Britain with over 130,000 customers across the country. In March 2022 the company was sold to Daisy Group.
Euroffice Ltd
Co-Founder
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.

Christian Nellemann’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Wifinity
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.

Publications

Raw Business
Author
Aug 2021
Founder of XLN, Christian Nellemann, shares his knowledge of how to build a business and what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Awards & Endorsements

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Smith & Williamson
Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame
2020
London, UK
CXA - UK Customer Experience Awards
Gold Winner (XLN)
2019
London, UK
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Christian Nellemann’s Education

Handelshoejskole Syd
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
1986 - 1989

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