Maria Papathanasiou Arones is a communications expert with a bias toward new media and innovation.  She 12 years of international experience in the PR and communications space.

Maria’s early career included entry level positions at Johnson & Johnson and Conde Nast.  After completing her MBA, Maria was hired to run Business Development for the infamous cutting-edge, Milan-based PR agency Formapura, member of the Tods Group which included full-spec work in locations around the world for brands like Tods, Roger Vivier, Hogan and Elsa Schiaparelli, among others.  Maria was part of the team mandated to establish the firm’s New York office in 2007.  Following that, Maria relocated to Athens to join the PR & Communications team of Greek jewellery and fashion group Folli Follie.  In 2012 she took a sabbatical from corporate life to enhance her creative capacity and relocated to London to attend the Inchbald School of Design’s renowned Garden Design program.

In 2014 Maria founded Outstand Communications , a PR agency that operates on the assumption of changeability, while championing longevity. She now heads a team of dedicated professionals consisting of a creative team of communications experts, copywriters and event organizers, who translate the client’s core message in a way that captures public imagination.

Maria holds a BS Business Management degree from King’s College London and an MBA International Economics and Management from Bocconi University, Milan.