The Finance Monthly CEO Awards celebrate the leadership of the world’s most successful and innovative companies, handpicking CEOs who stand head and shoulders above the rest. XLN Founder and CEO Christian Nellemann is exactly that, winning a Finance Monthly 2016 CEO Award in a year which the organisers described as ‘times of difficulty’. Leading through adversity The global economy remains unstable, but CEOs like Christian have weathered the storm, guiding XLN through uncertain times and continuing to take the company from strength to strength. In the last two years, XLN has introduced energy and card processing products to its growing portfolio for small businesses and increased the size of the workforce with continued investment into its Sheffield based operations. The company’s recent growth and success is thanks to Christian’s clear vision for XLN and his personal determination to champion small UK businesses. Christian said: “I’m proud to receive the Finance Monthly 2016 CEO Award alongside some very influential businessmen and women around the world. The Award is for me as an individual, but the successes that have earned it for me are as much about XLN and everyone that works here. And things aren’t slowing down any time soon. We’ve got exciting new products in the pipeline that will save small businesses money, freeing up cash to spend on the things that will help their business grow.