James Dondero has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business. Southern Methodist University chose James Dondero for his over 30 years of experience in the credit industry. The Executive Board consist of over 100 members, a majority of whom are non-academics. Dondero will meet with the board three times per year to discuss the strategies and future plans of the Cox School of Business. In addition to joining the Executive Board, Dondero has a lot of history supporting Southern Methodist University. His own Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars supports academics and professionals who pursue avenues of public policy. Additionally, he has pledged consistent donations to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Before co-founding Highland Capital Management with his partner Mark Okada, James Dondero spent decades gaining valuable experience in the credit and financial industries. He attended the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and graduated with double majors in Accounting and Financing. Dondero also attended the Morgan Guaranty training program as an analyst. American Express hired Dondero soon after his graduation from the program. He held a position as a Corporate Bonds Analyst before being promoted to Portfolio Manager. At one point, Dondero had over $1 billion of assets under his management. His consistent success led Protective Life to hire Dondero to help their GIC subsidiary grow from inception. Dondero turned the business around and grew it to be valued at over $2 billion. Dondero has received qualifications as a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant.
Highland Capital Management was founded in 1993 by James Dondero and Mark Okada. James Dondero currently runs the company as active president. Under his guidance, Highland Capital Management has grown to become one of the industry-leading providers of alternative credit solutions. They offer a wide range of award-winning services including mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, institutional separate accounts, ETFs and more. James Dondero has led Highland Capital Management in their pioneering development of the Collateralized Loan Obligation market. As a result, Highland Capital Management has established themselves as one of the leading providers and experts regarding CLOs.
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