James Dondero is a Co-Founder and President of Highlands Management L.P. with over 30 years of experience in the equity as well as credit markets. He focused on high-yield as well as distressed investing. He co-founded Highland Capital Management in 1993. The company set a record has the first in development of Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) and credit centered solutions for retail as well as institutional investors all-over the world. The company’s earlier offerings include institutional separate accounts, hedge funds, mutual funds, CLOs, ETFs, REITs as well as private equity funds.
Prior to Highlands Capital Management, Mr. James Dondero was a CIO of Protective Life’s GIC. He was part of the company’s growth from a small company to be worth $2 billion in four years. He worked at American Express as a Corporate Bond Analyst and Portfolio Manager. He began his career in 1984 as an analyst at the Morgan Guaranty training program. Mr. James Dondero went to University of Virginia and with Accounting and Finance major, he graduated with highest honors from the Mclntire School of Commerce. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
He holds key roles in big companies such as NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical. Mr. Dondero is the Chairman of the board of directors of the companies. He is a member of board of directors of MGM Studios. The visionary leader is also deeply involved with philanthropic activities. Through Highlands Capital Management, James Dondero supports Dallas Zoo, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, The Family Place, Education is Freedom, SMU’s Tower Scholars program and many other non-profit organizations. He supports any efforts made to impact communities in Dallas and Texas at large. The accomplished entrepreneur cherishes giving back to the community. He is looking impact lives in Dallas.