Blockchain Travel Distribution Platform Winding Tree Appoints Eric Leopold As Strategic Advisorbr>
Blockchain travel platform Winding Tree has announced the appointment of Eric Leopold to a general advisory role.
Founded in June 2017, Winding Tree enables startups and companies to gain direct access to travel service providers’ offerings without the need for intermediaries. It connects buyers and sellers via a set of smart contracts and open-source tools in a non-rent-seeking manner without taking a transaction fee. At the same time, the participants of the Winding Tree platform are able to govern the platform collaboratively. The platform already boasts numerous airlines including Air France-KLM, Lufthansa and subsidiary Eurowings, Swiss Air, Swissport, Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines, and Air New Zealand.
Prior to Winding Tree, Leopold spent 15 years at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), where he served as Director of Financial and Distribution Systems Transformation. At IATA, he worked alongside major airliners, travel agents, technology companies, and airports to boost the organization’s strategy, industry standards, and communication. More recently, Leopold launched an advisory-services company, Threedot, to drive innovation within air travel.
At Winding Tree, Leopold will amplify the company’s development to transform the travel industry with blockchain technology.
“We’re elated to have Leopold on board,” said Pedro Anderson, COO and Co-founder of Winding Tree. “He brings with him a wealth of experience to our mission in the travel industry, I’m confident he’ll help us analyse the landscape, file down our practices, and help put us on the best footing moving forward.”
“I’m glad to join Winding Tree during such an exciting time,” said Leopold. “As international air travel reopens and blockchain becomes mainstream, I’m confident that, together, we can really reinvent every aspect of travel distribution and payment through decentralization.”