It hasn't been entirely clear that Barack Obama was committed to shifting away from the crony model of ambassadorial appointments. Cases of better qualified cronies but still cronies. But things are looking up --
WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key administration posts: ...
Mary Jo Wills, Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius and to the Republic of Seychelles
As her bio shows, she's a career diplomat. So this is an upgrade for Mauritius and the Seychelles, who under George Bush got a Puerto Rican construction magnate, Cesar Cabrera.