Mr. Dondero, the president of Highland Capital Management, was appointed to the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business Executive Board in November 2016. According to James Dondero, the school contributes greatly to the business community in Dallas of which Highland is part. He is therefore very committed to helping the school in whatever way he can and that is why he agreed to join the board.
James Dondero was very excited about his appointment and looks forward to taking the school to greater heights together with the other board members. The executive board mainly comprises non-academics who help in the formulation of strategies for the business school to ensure it performs well. Mr. Dondero is well suited for the appointment to the executive board of SMU and will add a lot of value to the school.
James Dondero’s career in the investment industry
Mr. Dorendo is a successful entrepreneur based in Dallas, Texas. He has worked in the investment industry for more than 3 decades. His career as a financial analyst began with his selection to join the Morgan Guaranty training program in 1984. At the time, he had just graduated from University of Virginia with an honors degree in Accounting and Finance. Between 1985 and 1993, he worked at American Express and Protective Life as an analyst, portfolio manager and investment officer.
In 1993, Mr. Dondero decided to start his own company, Highland Capital Management, LP. Highland is an investment company and deals with both retail and institutional clients. It has grown exponentially over the years and has developed a numberservices and products, many of which have won various awards, under the leadership of Mr. Dondero. James Dondero was one of the brilliant minds behind the design of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO), which is now used by many financial institutions worldwide.
James Dondero’s appointment to the SMU Cox School of Business board will strengthen the relationship between Highland and the school.He serves on the boards of quite a number of high-profile organizations besides just the SMU Cox School of Business. He even chairs some of these boards. Dondero’s success in the investment market is mainly attributed to his discipline and resilience.
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