A world traveler since a young age, Marie is a native of Limoges, France. After completing her Master's in English Studies at the University of Nice, Marie started her career in Ireland at the French Department at the University of Cork. She then moved to the USA, where she started working as a French translator. From there, she quickly moved on to becoming a Project Manager and experienced the world of localization for the first time. And that was just what she had been looking for: she fell in love with San Diego and localization...
A scholar at heart, she received her MBA in International Business in California. In the meanwhile, she continued working in the language industry, managing complex localization, multimedia and translation projects and helping many Fortune 500 companies expand worldwide. In 2009, Marie co-founded BeatBabel. She is now our Chief Operating Officer where she supervises our worldwide team of project managers and translators. After 19 years in the localization industry, she hopes to share her passion for languages and cultures with the world and to continue helping clients explore international realms.
Marie always likes to stay involved with the international community and in her free time, she has served on the Board of the French American Chamber of Commerce in San Diego for several years. In the fall of 2018, Marie was elected on the Board of Directors of the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA). She had previously served in their Program Committee and helped organize the GALA conferences in Istanbul and Seville.
On days off, you might catch her practicing some taiji in Balboa park, hiking in South East Asia a camera in her hand, or listening to singer-songwriters in a local café. If you have still no luck finding her, you can try Le Loir dans la Théière in Paris, where she will be sipping tea with family or friends...
Her personal motto is inspired by Gandhi: "Be the change you want to see in the world". And she is working on it...
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Nickname: Depending on the mood, I’ve been called Maririe, Tasmanian Devil, Peter Pan, EdaMarie (for reading one of Murakami's books).
Chinese Zodiac: Fire dragon
Favorite Hangout: Blind Lady Ale House on Adams Avenue in San Diego.
Can’t live without: Travelling (+ my camera, my flipflops and my backpack).
Last book read: “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee
Last concert seen: Joan Baez's 2018 Farewell Tour
Favorite things to do on the weekends: Playing an instrument (currently the cello) and tending to the flowers in my garden.
If you could have another career, what would it be: National Geographic photographer. Or world explorer, oh wait, I already do that…