As the Co-Founder and President of the Highland Capital Management firm, which was founded in 1993 and by dollar count is, in the United States, the biggest manager of collateralized loan obligations, James Dondero possesses more than 30 years of expertise in fields of equity and credit markets. Mr. Dondero, who is located in Dallas, Texas, also holds the reputable positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for the Highland Capital Management Company.
Mr. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Commerce, which included finance and accounting. He also graduated with dual majors from the McIntire School of Commerce – Accounting and Finance. Mr. Dondero is a certified CPA (Certified Public Accountant) CMA (Certified Management Accountant, and CFA, (Chartered Financial Analyst. He has earned the ability to utilize the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
In 1984, Mr. Dondero joined the training program of Morgan Guaranty, thus starting his long career as an analyst. Mr. Dondero has, as of yet, founded three companies, but before that step in his career he completed the financial training program at JP Morgan. After that he had gone on to work from the year of 1985 to 1989 for the American Express company; his job was as a Corporate Bond Analysis and then Portfolio Manager, managing one billion dollars in fixed income funds.
Between 1989 and 1993, James Dondero held the position of Chief Investment Officer for a subsidiary of Protective Life’s GIC, and he helped with expanding the business from concept to more than two billion dollars.
Mr. Dondero is currently the Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, the President and Co-Founder of CCS Medical, and serves on the board member of MGM Studios as well as the board of American Banknote. Follow James on Linkedin.