There's been a recurring topic of conversation in McAfee's executive meetings over the past month: John McAfee, the company's founder.
John McAfee sold his security business in 1994 and has had nothing to do with the company since. But his name has dominated headlines since Nov. 11, when police in Belize said McAfee was wanted for questioning in a murder investigation.
"We've certainly been discussing it, that's for sure," said Michael DeCesare, co-president of McAfee, which is now a subsidiary of Intel(INTC). "He's gotten a lot of coverage, and we've been following all of it."
It made for a fascinating news story, but as far as the security company that bears his name is concerned, "McAfee" has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Still, the company says it is not considering a name change.
"No, no, no," said co-president Todd Gebhart. "John's had an interesting lifestyle, but our customers understand the separation that takes place. The McAfee brand is associated with a company that protects their business and employees."
Co-president DeCesare said the company has discussed the headlines with its top corporate customers, who haven't expressed much concern.
"They're very educated about fact he's not involved in the company anymore, and they know our brand isn't tarnished," DeCesare said.
He acknowledged, however, that there is "less awareness on the consumer side" about the fact that John McAfee isn't still at the company's helm.
The co-president didn't think any of this amounted to a PR catastrophe, though.
"Look, we're not happy it's going on," DeCesare said. "We are happy that it seems to be coming to end."