While some JWs here obviously don't know who that translation committee was, I do. And no, they were not scholars, nor knowledgeable about the languages. Only Fred Franz could even be considered close because he did study for a short time, but he lied in court and when asked again on the stand, he couldn't translate one single scripture. They were all completely unqualified.
I have checked out the NWT extensively, as have others, and this so-called bible is horrible. When you compare it to the original language, it's laughable. When you compare it to real Bibles, you see how bad it really is and how much it's been changed to suit the doctrine. JWs are happy to say that it is rated as one of the best translations in the world, but that is completely false. Scholars that will even acknowledge it as a Bible are very few and far between. Most scholars agree that it is incredibly biased and has been deliberately altered.
The leaders and "translators" are the ones at fault. They changed the word of God on purpose. Scripture is very, very clear about what the fate will be of anyone that does this. I would definitely not want to be part of it.