Credit and Equity Market Leader James Dondero

James Dondero, the president and co-founder of Dallas based Highland Capital Management, has worked for more than 30 years in the credit and equity markets. Before founding Highland Capital Management, Dondero managed approximately $1 billion in fixed income funds at American Express and, as Chief Investment Officer for a subsidiary of Protective Life, grew the business to $2 billion.

Dondero’s work in the credit and equity markets has resulted in funds associated with his management receiving numerous awards. These include receiving, in 2014, Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation, Morningstar’s number 1 ranked Healthcare Long/Short Equity fund, and the Lipper Award for Floating Rate Opportunities.

Considered a pioneer in the collateralized loan obligation (CLO) market, Highland Capital Management, under James Dondero’s leadership, has structured and monitored over 39 CLO’s totaling approximately $32 billion in asset value. In 2013, Moody’s CLO Interest Newsletter named Highland Capital Management the largest CLO manager globally by US dollars assets under management.

Dondero regularly demonstrates his commitment to improving the community through his own personal charitable work and civic contributions through Highland. His charitable efforts include supporting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Perot Museum of Natural Science and SMU’s Tower Scholar’s Program.

Under Dondero’s leadership, Highland Capital Management has donated millions of dollars to various causes such as The Dallas Zoo, The Family Place and Education is Freedom. Highland’s commitment to the United States military and helping families of fallen military members is demonstrated by working with Snowball Express – an organization that provides children hope and happy experiences after suffering loss.

Dondero, a Dallas resident, is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce with dual majors in Accounting and Finance. Dondero holds certifications as a Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst.

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