Last week, after he was expelled from Guatemala, McAfee flew to the United States.
Ironically, although the security firm now bears McAfee's name and started with it, too, there were years when it was known as Network Solutions, a brand used from 1997 to 2004. After disposing of several business groups, the company returned to its founder's name, reportedly because it wanted to stress its security roots.
Marzilli could not recall another example of a company founder negatively impacting his or her namesake. The closest, he said, was in early 2009, when then Apple CEO Steve Jobs unexpectedly announced he was taking a medical leave, saying that he was stepping away for "health-related issues [that] are more complex than I originally thought."
"That had a negative impact on the brand," Marzilli said.
Jobs died in Oct. 2011 of complications from the pancreatic cancer he had had treated in 2004.
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