Z SUPPLY Appoints Industry Veteran as Chief Communications Officer
Z SUPPLY is pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran Erika Klein as its first-ever Chief Communications Officer, a newly created position that will report to Z SUPPLY president, Mandy Fry.
As the company continues expanding the Z SUPPLY brand, as well as its Z SUPPLY Foundation, executives are implementing a restructuring plan to set both up for exponential growth. Klein moves from her role as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, where she served for the past six years.
Klein will be responsible for all corporate communications, media relations, community partnerships for the company, as well as philanthropy through the Z SUPPLY Foundation. She will also continue to work closely with the company’s public relations agency, Shout Public Relations, which she founded 26 years ago.
Klein will carry on as Secretary to the Board of the Z SUPPLY Foundation. In addition to her responsibilities as CCO, she will focus on overall growth, as well as taking the Foundation’s current scholarship programs to new heights, developing mentoring and internship programs with college partners, creating strategic partnerships with other nonprofits, and executing fundraising initiatives. To date, the Z SUPPLY Foundation has created 30 college scholarships for students in the fields of art, design and marketing at Otis College of Art & Design, California State University, Long Beach, and the California College of Arts. Most recently, the Foundation allocated $15,000 to the Maui Fire relief effort, along with donating more than 500 units of Z SUPPLY products to Maui-based charities. In addition, the Foundation sponsored the 2023 Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire’s 3rd annual “Pickleball for Wishes” tournament with a $10,000 ACE Sponsor donation.
“I’ve enjoyed working with Erika for the past three years as our CMO and I am thrilled for her to be our first CCO, spearheading the Z SUPPLY Foundation and overseeing our PR and corporate communications,” Fry said.
Prior to joining Z SUPPLY and serving as founder and CEO of Shout Public Relations, a lifestyle public relations and marketing agency based in Costa Mesa, Klein was the Marketing Director at 26Red, and previously an Account Manager at Orsi Public Relations for four years, where she oversaw key accounts, including Mossimo and Cherokee. Prior to entering the PR world, she spent four years as West Coast Advertising Sales Manager for Sportswear International magazine.
Once Z SUPPLY has a new CMO in place, Klein will work closely with them, as well as the sales, marketing and creative departments in order to align and integrate the brand messaging across multiple media channels, and support on various wholesale projects.
ABOUT Z SUPPLY:
Z SUPPLY designs reflect the belief that simplicity, comfort and style should coexist in every closet. Featuring signature plush fabrics, timeless silhouettes and versatile style, Z SUPPLY creates everyday essentials that can be worn by everyone. For more information, and to view the current collections, visit www.ZSUPPLY.com.
About Z SUPPLY FOUNDATION:
With the ethos that we are all in this together, Z SUPPLY launched its philanthropic arm, the Z SUPPLY FOUNDATION in 2021. The Foundation is committed to supporting social, environmental and educational qualified tax-exempt 501(c) (3) public charities in the United States. The Z SUPPLY Foundation Education Fund is the main focus for the Foundation where it creates and implements educational initiatives that empower the next generation. Social and environmental issues are also important to the Foundation and each year it identifies non-profit organizations in the community that can truly make a difference and positive impact on people’s lives by volunteering, sponsoring and donating. For more information about Z SUPPLY Foundation, visit Z SUPPLY Foundation.