James Dondero, CFA, CMA – Co-Founder, President
James Dondero is Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management. He is responsible for determining and ensuring execution of Highland’s strategic investment and operational initiatives. Mr. Dondero has 30 years of experience in the credit markets. He currently serves on the board of directors of MGM Studios and American Banknote Corporation and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical. Prior to founding Highland, Mr. Dondero served as Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life’s GIC subsidiary and helped grow the business from concept to over $2 billion from 1989 to 1993. His portfolio management experience includes mortgage-backed securities, investment grade corporates, leveraged bank loans, emerging markets, derivatives, preferred stocks and common stocks. From 1985 to 1989, he managed approximately $1 billion in fixed income funds for American Express. Prior to American Express, he completed the financial training program at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Mr. Dondero is a Beta Gamma Sigma graduate of the University of Virginia with concentrations in Accounting and Finance. Mr. Dondero currently holds the designation of Certified Management Accountant. He has also been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1987.