People and Business: Round trip

CHARLOTTE BEERS, something of an advertising industry legend, is returning to J. Walter Thompson (JWT) - the agency where she began her career - as chairman.

The appointment follows a year-long search by JWT's chief executive officer, Chris Jones, to add a top American executive to the JWT board.

Ms Beers will give up her present job as chairman emeritus of Ogilvy & Mather. Although O&M and JWT are both owned by WPP, she says they often compete with each other for business.

She headed O&M from 1992 to 1997, having started her career with JWT Chicago in 1972.