TORONTO, April 24, 2014 /CNW/ – The Mars Agency, the leader in next generation shopper marketing, officially announces the addition of Derek Joynt, the new senior vice president and general manager as well as Jan Ferguson, its new vice president of client leadership of The Mars Agency’s Toronto office. The Canadian business is expecting solid growth throughout the rest of the year and has already expanded their shopper marketing client base.

Bringing on Derek Joynt to run the Toronto office will be instrumental in meeting expectations across the board. He has a valuable combination of agency, retail and client experience that drives sustainable growth and innovation. Most recently, he was a partner and vice president at an experiential agency where he led corporate strategy, and prior to that he was the director of marketing at Walmart.

“I have observed the impact The Mars Agency has made on the industry for quite some time and I have always been impressed by its ability to create solutions that continuously disrupt our market,” said Joynt. “I’m thrilled to be joining the team in my new role and am looking forward to further growing our presence throughout Canada.”

In addition to Joynt, Jan Ferguson who is known for her capabilities of influencing and changing consumer and shopper behavior through strategic marketing solutions across multiple channels has joined The Mars Agency. Her background at experiential, retail and promotional agencies will be vital in nurturing an environment that fosters creativity and breakthrough-thinking that truly creates impact.

“This year has already been filled with major changes for The Mars Agency as we maintain our position as a global leader in shopper marketing,” said Ken Barnett, global CEO of The Mars Agency. “Where ever you are in the world, our objective is to link brands and retailers to consumers and shoppers in an effort to create experiences that change shopping behaviors.”

These announcements come just weeks after the company launched an international corporate rebrand that impacted all of the agency’s entities across the U.S., U.K. and Canada. As The Mars Agency continues to leverage innovative ideas with collaboration, creativity and new technologies, the agency will create meaningful brand experiences that ultimately create consumer desire and change shopper purchasing habits.

About The Mars Agency
The Mars Agency is a leading shopper marketing agency that designs brand experiences that create impact. Founded in 1972 as MARS Advertising Inc., the agency has over 42 years of experience and a proven track record for creating big ideas and results that accelerate sustainable, profitable growth for clients. Known for driving consumer desire and shopper behaviour, The Mars Agency has been rated one of the top shopper marketing agencies for the past seven years, according to The Hub Magazine. The Mars Agency is proudly certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.

For more information about The Mars Agency, visit www.themarsagency.com or connect with The Mars Agency on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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