He is the president and one of the founders of highland capital management, an alternative investment firm James Dondero based in Dallas. Under Mr. Dondero’s leadership, the highland has pioneered in both the advancing credit-oriented solutions for retail investors and institutions worldwide and developing the collateralized loan obligation. It is mainly due to the many years of experience he has in the credit and equity market where he focused mostly on distressed and high yield investing. Highlands offers products and services which include separate institutional accounts, mutual funds, ETFs, CLOs, private equity fund, REITs and hedge funds. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
Mr. James is also a dedicated philanthropist, and he actively supports initiatives in public policy, education and veteran’s affairs. Before the formation of the highlands, he created a GIC subsidiary of protective life. As the chief investment officer in GIC, he managed to rise it from inception to over $2 billion between 1989 and 1993. James Dondero also was a corporate bond analyst and portfolio manager at American express between 1985 and 1989. The highland has actively participated in initiatives in philanthropy since its foundation. Recently, it has taken more strategic approach hence reflecting its current scale of charitable giving. Thus, highlands set out to identify an established partner in philanthropy who can add structure to its charitable giving programs.
Educationally Mr. Dondero is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he earned highest honors that is beta gamma sigma and beta alpha Psi from the Mclntire school of commerce with a dual major in finance and accounting. He has also received certification from the certified managerial accountant (CMA) and certified public accountants (CPA). He is has earned the right of using the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation. Follow James on Linkedin.
James Dondero was also on the executive board of the Southern Methodist University in the school of business. It expands highland’s commitment to philanthropy whereby it now endows the highland capita management tower, scholars. It encourages professional and academic pursuit in the ongoing support for George Bush presidential museum and library and also in public policy. The cox school at SMU largely contributes to the vibrant business community in Dallas where highlands is one of the beneficiaries. James Dondero is one of the most experienced global alternative credit managers.