James Dondero has been a member of Highland Capitals board since August of 2016. Additionally he is one of the founders of the company as well as the President. Mr. Dondero has acquired more than thirty years of experience in his field of equity and credit markets. His focus has been primarily on both distressed and high yield investing.
Under the leadership of James Dondero Highland Capital has led the way in the development of advanced credit oriented solutions utilized by institutional and retail investors from all over the world. Mr. Dondero has also been a pioneer in the development of the Collateralized Loan Obligation market and his experience has served him well.
Highland Capital offers numerous products and services including CLO’s, mutual funds, equity funds, institutional separate accounts, ETFs, REITs and hedge funds. Mr. Dondero also serves in the position of Chairman for Nexbank, CCS Medical and Cornerstone healthcare. He is also a member of the board for MGM Studios and American Banknote.
James Dondero is dedicated as a philanthropist and an active supporter of initiatives in the fields of education, public policy and veterans’ affairs. Before Mr. Dondero helped found Highland Capital in 1993 he was highly involved in the creation of a GIC subsidiary of the company Protective Life. In his role as Chief Investment Officer he took the company from its inception to a worth of more than $2 billion between the years of 1989 and 1993.
Mr. Dondero worked as a Portfolio Manager and a Corporate Bond Analyst at American Express from 1985 until 1989. His career originally started in 1984 while working as an analyst for Morgan Guaranty in their training program.
James Dondero is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He earned the very highest honors available. He was both a Beta Gamma Sigma and a Beta Alpha Psi. He attended the McIntire School of Commerce and chose to have dual majors. These were in finances and accounting. Mr. Dondero has his certifications as a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.