The Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business has appointed James Dondero to their Executive Board. As the president and co-founder of Dallas-based Highland Capital Management, Dondero is a recipient of the new talent that graduates from the Cox School of Business. He was eager and humbled for the opportunity to guide the school of business to success. The Executive Board of around 100 members meets three times each year to discuss strategies and procedures revolving around SMU’s school of business. Dondero has always been a long time supporter of SMU through his active donations and support. His own Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars supports professional and academic pursuits in the area of public policy. Dondero also personally supports the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Management alongside his partner Mark Okada. Since its inception in 1993, Highland Capital Management has become a leading provider and developer of the Collateralized Loan Obligation market. As an SEC-registered investment adviser, Highland Capital Management manages approximately $16 billion in assets. They offer a long list of award-winning products and services in areas such as private equity funds, mutual funds, long-only funds and CLOs. Although Highland Capital Management is headquartered in Dallas, it also has offices in Sao Paolo, Seoul, New York and Singapore. Dondero also serves on the board for major companies such as MGM Studios and American Banknote.
Before beginning his successful career in the credit and financial markets, James Dondero attended the University of Virginia where he graduated with highest honors. He furthered his education double majoring in Financing and Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce. In 1984, Dondero held his first professional position at the Morgan Guaranty training program as an analyst. This experience earned him a position as a Corporate Bonds Analyst for American Express. Eventually, Dondero was promoted to Portfolio Manager where he was in charge of $1 billion worth of assets. The GIV subsidiary of Protective Life hired James Dondero to help grow them from their inception. As Chief Investment Officer, Dondero built GIV from a small startup to a company worth over $2 billion in just 5 short years.
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