Veteran civil servant J Y Pillay, 80, was reappointed as the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Advisers for a period of four years by Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Pillay was also reappointed member of the CPA. As Chairman of the CPA Pillay will exercise the functions of the President's office in the absence of the President. If he is unavailable, the Speaker of Parliament will act as the head of the state. Pillay has served in a number of senior civil service positions and was first appointed to the CPA in 2001. He is one of the pioneers who helped build the Singapore economy after its separation from Malaysia in 1965. He also served as Chairman of Singapore Airlines from 1972 to 1976.