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Tina Engineer-McRae

Co-Founder

Tina Engineer-McRae (formerly Mughal), is the co-founder and President of Mughal & McRae and the practice area leader of the Human Resources, Accounting, Finance, & Tax, and Sales & Digital Marketing divisions. Her primary focus is to maintain the company’s unique culture by delivering a Concierge Approach that has forged long-term relationships with her clients and a huge network of human resource experts, who themselves often become clients.

Under Tina’s exceptional leadership, Mughal & McRae has strategically partnered with thousands of key corporate players, entrepreneurs, and business owners to build an extensive network of long-standing professional connections and legacy clients across the globe. Her exceptional eye for recognizing best in class talent has allowed her to engage dynamic leaders, who enable organizations to transform and rapidly scale.

Tina’s prior experience includes working in the UK for the world’s largest provider of HR solutions, where she received industry recognition and numerous awards. She later went on to spearhead the growth and acquisition of a leading South Florida based boutique recruitment firm.

Tina is multi-lingual, holds a BA (hons) in Business, Finance & Languages. Born and raised in Manchester, England to Indian born parents. Her father, Farokh Engineer, was an internationally acclaimed Test Cricketer. She is married and has a young daughter Zia, her greatest life achievement.

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Ameer Mughal

Co-Founder

Ameer Mughal is the Managing Director of the Data & Technology Practice at Mughal & McRae, which he co-founded in 2007. With a career spanning over 25 years, Ameer brings a unique blend of both technical and business acumen partnering with organizations to align them with innovative, agile technology leaders who are at the forefront of transforming scalable world-class organizations.

Ameer leverages his rare blend of technical expertise to deliver his valued partners the transformational talent they require to gain a competitive edge over their competition. With the ability to understand his client’s technology and future roadmaps, as well as the career journey and technical savvy of today’s best talent, Ameer is able to deliver a true consultative approach, with active collaboration throughout every step of the experience.

Ameer’s career journey began as an Oracle Implementation consultant and later went onto co-founding a Global Oracle Consulting Practice and a Cloud-Based SAAS Solution Company, which was acquired by a NetSuite Partner, Oracle’s mid-market Cloud Solution.

Ameer is multi-lingual. Raised in the UK, Ameer now considers the US to be home, having resided in South Florida for over 20 years. He is an avid golfer, and loves traveling the world to attend F1 Grand Prix Racing circuits. However, his true enjoyment nowadays is spending time with his young daughter and all the joys that parenthood brings.

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Valerie Derome

Senior Vice President, Leadership Advisory
Valerie Derome

A tech and talent guru with a track record in scaling hypergrowth digital businesses

Valerie is an acknowledged leader in the transformation of global talent acquisition, management, and development. From Fortune 500 organizations to start-ups, she helps to deliver exponential growth through a unique blend of design thinking and a flair for talent leadership. 

As head of Mughal & McRae’s leadership advisory services, Valerie delivers bespoke programs in talent organization effectiveness, people capital, and culture. Specific engagements include building talent capability; reorganizing structures from product-led to people-led; constructing talent acquisition teams, approach and process; acquiring the right technologies to support the people function; developing authentic leaders and embedding a culture of belonging.

Valerie honed her exceptional business and talent expertise with organizations providing life-enhancing products. Before joining Mughal & McRae, she was Senior VP of Talent and Leadership for REEF Technology, a hypergrowth unicorn venture, and Talent Development Lead for Apple in Latin America. She was previously Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at medical device company Medtronic; Recruitment and Programs Manager, EMEA for Apple; and Recruitment Manager for Lucent Technologies, now Alcatel Lucent. 

A mechanical engineer, Valerie brings design thinking to the management of people. She holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées, Paris, France (ENSTA ParisTech). She started her career as an environmental consultant with Lloyds Register of Shipping, London in the UK. Valerie is bilingual in English and in French.

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Fernando Vega

Senior Client Director
Fernando Vega

A dynamic search expert with a finance background and special interest in diversity

Fernando thrives on being the bridge between high-growth, tech, and private equity-backed firms and disruptive finance leaders 

An active Certified Public Accountant, he leads Mughal & McRae’s specialization in Finance, Accounting & Tax. He understands the nuances of technical and leadership capabilities, engaging high performers on behalf of clients and investors

A digital native, Fernando speaks the language of finance disruptors leveraging data & analytics, AI, and machine learning to become strategic catalysts, providing innovative solutions for clients 

With a strategic approach, he is a versatile consultant supporting a range of talent and leadership needs including employer branding, talent mapping, and retention strategies

Fernando is committed to helping business leaders truly understand diversity, equity & inclusion, and is a Certified Diversity & Inclusion Recruiter, accredited by AIRS

He is an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Florida. He holds a master’s degree (MSF) in finance and a bachelor’s degree in accounting & finance from Florida Atlantic University. Fernando is bilingual in English and Spanish.

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