CEO and Founder Maria Kraus celebrates her 20th year in business with mk² this year. After gaining more than a decade of valuable experience in international PR and communications, Maria decided to take matters into her own hands, founding mk² in 2000.
Maria received her B.A. in Humanities from the University of California at Irvine which ignited her love of the United States and its agricultural bounty. Returning to Germany, Maria earned her M.A. in American Studies, Spanish, and Economics from the University of Bonn before joining a large German PR agency. She quickly developed a niche for representing U.S. businesses in Europe and when, by chance, she won a contract to manage the U.S.A. Pavilion at the Anuga tradeshow, she began to specialize in representation and marketing for food and beverage cooperator groups.
Having been responsible for a wide variety of international clients during her career, Maria has developed a deep understanding for the needs of her clients as they approach the European market. Fluent in German, English, French and Spanish, Maria is an invaluable partner for companies conducting business across Europe. Maria is an outstanding industry veteran in the international food marketing industry and contributes in-depth knowledge and expertise across every mk² account.
Not to be outdone by her team, Maria is an excellent cook and a true wine aficionado. She loves to travel and visits her mother in the Black Forest as often as her schedule allows.
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