Felicia Smith is Highland Capital's new CLO hire

Highland Capital Management, a Dallas-based investment management firm, said Tuesday it hired CLO expert Felicia Smith as managing director.

Smith joins Highland’s business development team where she will focus on raising assets for the firm's collateralized loan obligation and credit platforms.

She reports to Josh Terry, head of structured products and trading for Highland Capital Management. She will be based in Dallas, TX.Smith has over 10 years of financial market experience. She joins Highland from Santander Consumer USA, where she served as vice president of capital markets. In this role she was responsible for overseeing all corporate funding and liquidity activities and was head of debt investor relations.

Prior to this, Smith served as vice president of corporate and business development and also held various other positions at Santander Consumer USA in pricing and analytics, capital markets and financial risk. Before joining that firm, she worked in sales and trading at JPMorgan Chase and as an analyst at JPMorgan Private Bank.

Highland, together with its affiliates, is the largest US CLO manager by assets under management, and has structured and monitored 39 CLOs/CDOs with over $31 billion in total assets. The firm was started in 1993 by Jim Dondero and Mark Okada.     

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