Peter S. Sandler is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Louis Dreyfus Investment Group (LDIG). He serves as the Lead Portfolio Manager of the LDIG Lighthouse Fund, a hedge fund specializing in the dry bulk ocean freight, iron ore, coal, and steel markets. He is also a Co-Portfolio Manager of the firm's flagship LDIG Commodities Alpha Fund, an actively managed global commodity hedge fund which invests in the agriculture, soft commodity, dry bulk ocean freight, and basic materials sectors.
Prior to joining LDIG he was a Managing Director and Global Head of Ocean Freight at Louis Dreyfus Commodities (LDC), where he also served as a member of the company's Executive Committee. During his 15 years working on the Ocean Freight Platform and prior to becoming Global Head of Ocean Freight, he held a variety of roles including Head of Ocean Freight Trading, Director of Ocean Freight Strategy and Business Development, Head of Ocean Freight Research, and Ocean Freight Trader. He was instrumental in helping convert and build LDC's freight business from a 7 million ton per annum Charterer, to a major ship operator, eventually overseeing a fleet of 175 vessels and annual shipments in excess of 47 million tons per year.
Mr. Sandler joined LDC in 1990 as a Grain Merchant, and during his 22 year career with the firm he also served as Director of Refined Metal Trading and Merchandising Manager - US Feedgrains and Oilseeds.
Mr. Sandler holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Washington University, St. Louis, where he served as a research assistant to Dr. Murray L. Weidenbaum, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors to President Ronald Reagan.
Louis Dreyfus Investment Group was formed in 2008 by the Louis Dreyfus Group to develop and manage alternative investment products in commodity markets for third party investors. With offices in Geneva, London, Connecticut, and Singapore the firm manages approximately $3 billion across a series of actively managed portfolios as well as long only strategies for a wide range of clients including some of the world largest institutions.