The Variable, an award-winning business growth company and advertising agency based in Winston-Salem, has brought on Lauren Dubinsky as director of social, Darren Foot as director of account management and Kate Hanley as group planning director to further guide the agency’s unrelenting fight against consumer indifference.

Dubinsky joins The Variable with an impressive background that includes building social teams and strategies to solve business challenges for brands like Coca-Cola, AT&T, Char-Broil and Scotts during her time with McBeard and Fullscreen in Los Angeles. Prior to joining The Variable, she served as the senior brand director of New Balance for Renfro.

As the director of social at The Variable, Dubinsky will lead and work with a team of strategists, creatives, media planners and more to help clients leverage new and existing social platforms as part of an integrated marketing strategy, and one that connects brands with people in strategic and engaging ways to drive business.

“I have great conviction that bringing brands closer to consumers is critical to growth,” said Dubinsky. “Coming from agencies in a major city, it was difficult to consistently create great work for people I never intersected with in my daily life. Looking to the future, I knew that thriving, mid-market cities would play a key role in connecting more intimately with people, creating more powerful work and building better brands. The Variable is delivering on this in spades, and it’s what compelled me to join such a talented strategic and creative team.”

Foot brings a wealth of knowledge to The Variable having worked with brands like Oreo, Chevrolet, Harley-Davidson, Zipcar, Tic-Tac and Bank of America during his time with agencies including Modernista!, Digitas, and most recently The Martin Agency, where he served as a senior vice president.

Foot’s role as director of account management enables him to leverage his expertise to lead account teams through collaboration and integration across all departments to deliver inspiring creative and business-driving results for clients including Proctor & Gamble, Char-Broil, and BASF.

“I am really excited to be joining a team with such a modern approach to creativity and how they drive business growth for their clients,” said Foot. “I was drawn to The Variable’s unique strategic offering, the work, the agency’s fiercely independent spirit and the lovely, smart humans that work here.”

The Variable welcomes Hanley following tenures at MullenLowe and Egg Strategy where she provided strategic guidance for brands like Food Lion, Maidenform, CSX, Wonka, Pernod Ricard and Nestle Tollhouse. Hanley served as the consumer marketing associate director at Merz North America—a leading specialty healthcare company—prior to joining The Variable.

In her role as group planning director, Hanley will utilize her unique expertise in creative strategy, research, consumer insights and product innovation to help identify and develop creative solutions for modern business challenges that can have long- and short-term impact on growth.

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About The Variable:

A three-time Ad Age Small Agency of the Year, The Variable is a business growth company that builds people-friendly businesses to help overcome indifference. Clients rely on the company’s expertise in strategy, design, media and advertising, PR and social to create value in people’s lives and to deliver profound results for their businesses. The Variable consults, creates and engages to solve the right problems with the simplest solutions, from integrated campaigns to new products and services. Combining the thinking of a management consultancy with the doing of an advertising agency, The Variable delivers measurable impact, value and growth for its partners. Whether it’s developing a new product innovation, a unique service offering, an unforgettable brand experience or the greatest ad campaign ever, The Variable helps its clients rethink the way they think about their marketing investment. For more information about The Variable, visit: