Since her first stint in public affairs and advertising at American Express Bank on Wall Street, Marta Grutka has led culture-defining initiatives for iconic brands worldwide. Along the way, she learned from and supported legendary communicators and visionaries like Jamie Shea, former NATO spokesman; Steve Case, co-founder and former CEO of America Online, Inc. (AOL); and the late Jack Valenti, long-time president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
A “career expat” who has lived in seven major media and government centers across Asia Pacific, the U.S. and Western Europe, Ms. Grutka has moved cities, countries, and continents in six weeks or less on multiple occasions. From the Hill to Hollywood, the Mannequin Pis to the Merlion, over three decades, she has impacted businesses and communities in more than 64 countries on every continent.
Whether supporting capital markets development projects in sub-Saharan Africa at the World Bank, International Finance Corporation; launching some of the earliest and most successful interactive programming and transmedia offerings at Aol; or bringing the first nationwide 4G Wimax network to Malaysia, Ms. Grutka loves playing at the intersection of globalization and innovation. Today, she is a sought-after expert in global brand and business development, advising start-ups and Fortune 500 companies on how best to align their communications programs with commercial strategies to elegantly expand their footprint in emerging markets while going digital, finding top talent, and protecting their intellectual property.