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James Dondero


James Dondero has been a member of our board since August 2016. Mr. Dondero is Co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management (HCM). Mr. Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the credit and equity markets, focused largely on high-yield and distressed investing. Under Mr. Dondero’s leadership, Highland Capital has been a pioneer in both developing the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market and advancing credit-oriented solutions for institutional and retail investors worldwide. HCM’s product offerings include institutional separate accounts, CLOs, hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, REITs, and ETFs. Mr. Dondero is Chairman of NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical, and serves as a board member of MGM Studios. A dedicated philanthropist, Mr. Dondero actively supports initiatives in education, veterans’ affairs, and public policy. Prior to founding HCM in 1993, Mr. Dondero was involved in creating the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life, where as Chief Investment Officer he helped take the company from inception to over $2B between 1989 and 1993. Between 1985 and 1989, Mr. Dondero was a Corporate Bond Analyst and then Portfolio Manager at American Express. Mr. Dondero began his career in 1984 as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty training program. Mr. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia where he earned highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi) from the McIntire School of Commerce with dual majors in Accounting and Finance. He has received certification as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).