Barbara Austell, the treasurer at Aramark, could be a career counselor for Peter W. Currie, the newly appointed chief financial officer at Royal Bank of Canada. And vice versa.

Mr. Currie is about to cross the line between industry and banking as he moves from his current post as chief financial officer at Northern Telecom to Royal. Ms. Austell made that same journey in the opposite direction last summer, when she left after 21 years at J.P. Morgan & Co., where she was a managing director.

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