Dondero Leadership Strategies in Highland Capital Management

James Dondero is the president and co-founder of Highland Capital Management. Nicknamed Jim, Dondero reside in Dallas TX, United States. He is the strategic leader of Highland Investment, currently overseeing operation and investment strategies for both institutional and retail products. The experience of Jim in the field of credit market span for more than 3 decades and entails recognition as the original pioneer of the Collateralized Loan Obligation, CLO.

James educational background dates backs in the 90s where Jim developed his career in the University of Virginia, United States pursuing Bachelor of Science in Commerce, specializing on Accounting and Finance. This made him a Certified Management Accountant (CM), earning himself the privilege to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation

Before co-founding Highland Capital Investment, Dondero was a chief investment officer (CIO) for Protective Life Insurance subsidiary, overseeing the growth and development of the business from start-up to a $2 billion investment within a period of 6 years. Prior to Protective Life Insurance, Dondero managed roughly $1 billion in fixed income funds in a different company, American Express.

In additional to serving Highland Capital, Jim serves as a member of the board of directors for both American Banknote and MGM Studios. He is the chairman of the board of directors for Cornerstone Healthcare, NextBank and CCS Medical Investment.

James Dondero is recognized for his strategic management skills on funds having received various awards and accolades throughout his management career, including the Lipper Award for Floating rates Opportunities in FY 2014, the Morningstar’s 5-star designation for Global Allocation in 2014 as well as the Morningstar’s #1 ranked Healthcare Long/Short Equity Fund in the same year.

Highland Capital is the largest investment ever managed by Dondero. It is currently an SEC registered firm, which together with its affiliates, own approximately $15 billion of assets under management. The firm specializes in Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO), credit strategies including long-only funds, credit hedge funds and separate accounts as well as distressed and special situations private equities, making it the largest and most proficient global alternative credit manager.

The company also offers alternative investments including short/long equities, natural resources and emerging markets. The company has even diversified its operations into focusing on public pension plans, endowments, fund of funds, foundations, corporations, financial institutions and high net-worth individuals.

The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas where the co-founder James was born but it maintain other offices in New York, Seol, Singapore and Sao Paulo.

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