TSM Group of Companies


Management: Navigating with the world best

navigateThe strength and potential of TSM Group lies in the expertise and resources of the Thome Group of Companies Singapore, a leading global shipping ship management company.

The partnership combines the rich tradition of Norwegian shipping experience with Asian business flair. We believe this combination is evident in our day-to-day operations.

Our experîise and technological proficiency is constantly honed to stay at the Cutting-edge of existing and emerging technologies. Professionalism remains foremost among our personnel as we respond quickly and comprehensively to our customers’ every need.
Thanks to its exemplary performance and professionalism, the TSM Group remains a Top Performer in the sea-based sector as awarded by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), an agency attached to the Department of Labor and Employment­


Ian R. Garcia

Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Garcia is the son of TSM’s co-founder, the late C/E  Florentino T. Garcia, Sr. Prior to his joining in 2006 with TSM Group, he started in 1996 his corporate career in the insurance industry. He held various positions within TSM Group and in 2011 he became the CEO of TSM Group. Presently he is also the President of TSM Holdings (Phils.), Inc., TSM Equities (Phils.), Inc. and holds board membership to TSM Shipping (Phils.,) Inc., MST Marine Services (Phils.), Inc., JO Tankers Phils., Inc. and SOLVANG Philippines Inc. He is an Alumnus of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) & an honorary member of Class 1991 of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA).

    Capt. Jones Tulod

    President, TSM Shipping (Phils.) Inc.

      Capt. Tulod joined TSM Group in 2011 as Vice President for Crewing Operations of  TSM Shipping (Phils.), Inc. and took over the position as President of the company in 2012. His extensive professional background in the maritime industry allows him to contribute largely to the continuous expansion of the TSM Group.

      Before becoming part of the TSM Group, he has held different positions in various companies. He previously served as a Marine Superintendent for HSSEQ of Thome Ship Management Pte., Ltd. from 2010 to 2011, a Master for Norwegian Crew Management (NCM) at Philippine Transmarine Carrier, Inc., and a lecturer/trainor/assessor/auditor for Norwegian Training Center–Manila from 1997 to 2010. His sea service record is also wide-ranging, starting as a third officer in 1981 and later promoted as a Master for different shipping companies.

      Capt. Benjamin M. Katipunan, Jr.

      President, MST Marine Services, Inc.

        Capt. Katipunan is a graduate of BS Marine Transportation at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy. He has been ship master for over two decades already and has been in the shipping industry for 36 years now. He joined MST Marine Services in 2003 as Crewing Manager and has worked his way up the corporate ladder to be it’s President since 2008. His management paradigms and technical knowhow has led MST Marine Services to be one of the biggest subsidiaries of TSM Group of Companies, serving almost 200 vessels under his lead.

        He has worked in the shipping Academe as a trainor in Norwegian Training Center. He is also a member of the Nautical Institute, Master and Mates Association of the Philippines, Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Filipino Captain Association Philippines. Being well versed in ship management, Capt. Katipunan has been a public servant and was called to serve the country. He was appointed as board member of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) for deck officers in 2006-2008 under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

        Zenaida Primo

        VP for Admin, Finance, Administration & Support Services

          Zenaida C. Primo was appointed as Vice President for Finance, Administration and Support Services in May 2011. Ms. Primo’s broad range of knowledge and expertise in accounting and administrative work has enabled her to efficiently manage complex assignments, as well as to significantly contribute to the company’s strength and impressive developments.

          Ms. Primo was among those who experienced the humble beginnings of the TSM Group in 1988, when she was first hired as a Chief Accountant. She has eventually established herself in the company and became the finance manager in 2000. Prior to joining the TSM Group, she gained extensive career background and experience in auditing firms, where she worked as an auditor. Among her professional competencies include preparing annual budgets, monitoring key accounts and credit control.

          Ms. Primo is a highly motivated and results-driven individual who has been managing and working with TSM Shipping Phils., Inc. for almost 25 years, dedicating her invaluable experience in leading and developing a successful team.