Maruta leads the Chicago consumer marketing practice and has 22 years of communications experience bringing a wealth of expertise in consumer public relations, influencer marketing, special events, lifestyle entertainment and issues management. Maruta’s primary focus is in food & beverage and travel & tourism. During her 14 years at H+K she has directed projects for The Hershey Company, P&G, the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid, Kellogg’s, Nonni’s Foods, Mizkan Americas, R&B Foods, Nature’s Way, American Pistachio Growers and glaceau. For four years Maruta served as the client leader for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, overseeing public relations for nine countries and serving as the PR leader within the WPP team. Before that she served as the client service leader for Pringles (P&G) working as part of an integrated WPP team. The Pringles team launched many news products in the US and the work included strategic partnerships, ongoing PR, national events, celebrity integrations and charity partnerships. In recent years she has launched PR campaigns for Ragu Homestyle, Nature’s Intent Apple Cider Vinegar & Bertolli Rustic Cut and Nature’s Way 50th Birthday Celebration. Before joining H+K, Maruta owned her own PR agency, MB Communications, Inc. She earned her master’s degree in public relations and advertising from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin at Madison.