The two are taking over the responsibilities previously handled by Hal Quinn, who is now the association’s president.
In his new seat, Watzman will oversee the NMA’s regulatory policy activities. He was previously the group’s vice-president of safety, health and human resources, and will still have responsibility for mine health and safety policy.
Sweeney will manage the litigation program as well as its legal services efforts. She was formerly the NMA’s deputy general counsel and going forward will retain oversight of the association’s public lands and minerals policy.
“NMA is fortunate to have two such experienced and well-regarded professionals as Bruce and Katie to assume these important management responsibilities in NMA’s legal and regulatory affairs department," said Quinn.
“Both have a proven track record of accomplishments on behalf of our membership, and I’m pleased we could draw from NMA’s strong talent reservoir in filling these senior positions."