Terry Johnson Named Chairman of REPUBLIC

Industry veteran and well-known agency leader teams up with former business partner at upstart agency

Toronto, December 2, 2015 – Beverley Hammond, founder and CEO of REPUBLIC today announced that industry veteran Terry Johnson has been named Chairman of the upstart agency.

Johnson was the founder and CEO of Allard Johnson (now KBS+); co-founder and Chair of Veritas Communications; Chair and partner at Integrated Healthcare Communications (IHC); and partner in the design firm OnBrand.  Johnson is a member of the Canadian Institute of Marketing.  He was inducted into the Canadian Pharmaceutical Marketing Hall of Fame in 2006 and retired after 35 years of agency leadership in 2013. 

This is not the first time the two have teamed up.  After Hammond joined Johnson and MDC agency Veritas as a partner and CEO in 2001 the two completely overhauled the then pharmaceutical-focused firm, transforming it into one of the country’s leading marketing communications agencies.  In their dozen years together there, the operating income of the organization increased by over 1000% and the client roster grew to include top Canadian brands like CBC, Labatt Breweries and McCain’s, and global brands Barclay’s, Church & Dwight, Expedia, Guinness, Hallmark, HMS Host, Nike, Staples, Subway and Target (US, India and Canada).

“I’m really excited to be back in the agency world helping to build a company that is on the cusp of the changes happening in the industry today.” Johnson said.  “Looking around at the commoditization of the advertising business, it is clear to me clients are looking for more than media.  They need strong holistic thinking and the ability to deliver programs across any and all channels.   No matter where they are.  The potential for REPUBLIC as one of the few agencies fashioned after that new model, is tremendous.”

Hammond calls Johnson a mentor and a friend.  “I couldn't think of anyone else I would rather have in my corner building REPUBLIC,” she said. “Terry’s business acumen and instincts are spot-on and our track record together sets REPUBLIC up nicely as we grow.  I’m thrilled to have his wisdom and guidance as our clients navigate the ever-evolving consumer environment and we deliver a fully convergent service that brings together strategy and storytelling in a unique way.”


Founded in 2013, REPUBLIC is an independent agency that bridges marketing disciplines to help brands and organizations free their stories of passion and purpose, with passion and purpose.  Leveraging unique and innovative planning platforms like its proprietary WarRoom, REPUBLIC helps marketers navigate the new consumer environment and builds campaigns that are not biased to any one marketing channel. In addition to its work on The Gay Sweater Campaign, winner of a Silver in the Pro Bono category at the Canadian Marketing Awards, REPUBLIC's portfolio spans industries including automotive, beauty, beverage alcohol, energy, fashion, government, insurance, and sports.  REPUBLIC proudly supports Canada Company, the charity that connects businesses with military skills and provides a seamless transition for veterans into the civilian workforce. 

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