The former CEO of Connect Fiji who had her position terminated last year amid claims of poor performance, is about to resurface in a plum role.
The flame haired expatriate replaces Neumi Leweni, who is now the Permanent Secretary for the Department of Lands.
Smith-John's new role is a very visible and critical one, and will see her tackle some major issues, especially with the advent of the controversial media decree.
She is considered to be a coup supporter but it didn't save her from being dumped by the military regime last year from Connect, an internet provider and a subsidiary of Telecom Fiji Ltd (TFL).
Coupfourpointfive reported at the time (October 2009) that Smith-Johns was given the flick along with TFL's General Manager Marketing, Ian Lyons because the junta was bringing in locals to replace them.
Sources said at the time that Smith-Johns had gone to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks to meet with senior military officers in a bid to get her termination rescinded.
Other blogs made a meal of her departure, saying she was a '"leech" who'd been undeserving of the role of CEO for Connect Fiji.
FBC News says Smith-Johns has refused to comment until the appointment is official.