Career background of President of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero

James Dondero is the current president as well as co-founder of Highland Capital Management with over 30 years experience in the credit and equity markets. Under his leadership, Highland Capital Management produced various solutions and award-winning products for retail and institutional investors.

Mr. James Dondero’s vast experience of about three decades in credit markets made him one of the original pioneers of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO). Dondero’s efforts and ideas have reached so many people around the globe.

Highland Capital Management boasts of nearly $14.9 billion in assets under management which includes the following affiliates: NexPoint Capital, Acis Capital Management (CLOs), NexPoint Advisors and NexPoint Residential Trust (REIT).

Recently, Highland received Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation in the year 2014, Morningstar’s top-ranked Healthcare Long Equity Fund in addition to the Lipper Award for Floating Rate opportunities in 2014.

Jame’s career began in 1984 when absorbed into the Morgan training program as an analyst. He then graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce where he obtained dual majors in accounting and finance option during the same year. Furthermore, James Dondero is a holder of a certificate in Certified Management Accountant (CMA) as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

In 1985, James joined the American Express as a Corporate Bond Analysis. Later, he became a Portfolio Manager for approximately $1 billion in fixed income funds before he left American Express in the year 1989.

Before he founded of Highland Capital Management, James served as the Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary established in 1989; the branch grew to approximately $2 billion under James’ leadership.

Besides, Mr. James Dondero is the Chairman of the board at the NexPoint, NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare as well as CCM Medical. Also, James is a member of the board of MGM Studios and American Banknote.

Also referred to as Jim by close friends and relatives, James Dondero supports many charitable activities such as the George W. Bush Presidential Institute and Library, Education is Freedom, SMU’s Towers Scholars Program, Snowball Express, Perot Museum of Natural Science among many others.