Kristen Gray, of Ankeny, has been named communications director for Iowa Public Television. 

Gray had previously been with Gannett Co. Inc., The Des Moines Register and, most recently, Principal Financial Group Inc., where she was a senior marketing consultant.

Gray replaces Molly Phillips, who recently became the network's general manager and executive director. As a member of the senior management team, Gray will be responsible for overall brand strategy for the network and advocacy in myriad venues.

 She also will take on the media relations, branding, on-air promotions and writing duties of Jennifer Glover Konfrst following her departure from the network in August.