Allen previously served as the president of Jack in the Box since October 2014. Before Jack in the Box, Allen spent four years as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Denny's. Allen helped read the ‘America’s Diner’ campaign for the company. Allen also worked for Dunkin’ Donuts, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, PepsiCo, and Frito-Lay.
"I am delighted to join the Boston Market team and lead this great company into its next chapter of strategic growth, brand building and culinary innovation," said incoming CEO Allen. "No other restaurant concept is more responsible for the rising popularity of rotisserie cooking and we see significant runway for further building the Boston Market brand. I am proud to lead a team whose top priority is serving high-quality, delicious, healthy and affordable home style rotisserie meals to our guests."
An English native, Allen attended the Univ. of Southampton in 1983, studying Math and Actuarial Sciences, and briefly served as an officer in the Royal Army Corps, attending officer training at Sandhurst Military Academy. She started her career in advertising in London before moving to Asia and then the USA.
"Serving as CEO of Boston Market has been an honor and the highlight of my career," Michel said. "I would like to thank the entire team for their tireless effort and commitment to making Boston Market a success and a great place to work. Frances is both a strategic and operational leader and I am confident that Boston Market will benefit greatly from her deep experience and expertise."