Irvine-based nonprofit Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County named restaurant veteran Harald Herrmann chief executive, succeeding Nicole Suydam who left to head Santa Ana-based Goodwill of Orange County.

He will step into the role March 25.

Herrmann has more than 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry, most recently serving as chief executive of Mendocino Farms. In 1995, Herrmann helped launch the flagship Yard House restaurant in Long Beach and became a partner and chief executive in the company. After the Yard House was sold to Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSEL DRI), Hermann became president of the company’s specialty restaurant group.

Herrmann is no stranger to the nonprofit world, particularly food banks. He co-founded Round it Up America in 2009, an organization that allows diners to round up their check totals to apply the funds to local food banks and nonprofit organizations.