Music manager Gayle Boulware has exited the Firm and joined Strategic Artist Management (SAM) principle Simon Renshaw at the company's Los Angeles headquarters.

Music manager Gayle Boulware has exited the Firm and joined Strategic Artist Management (SAM) principle Simon Renshaw at the company's Los Angeles headquarters. In her new role, Boulware will pursue her own clients, while at the same time lending her expertise to SAM's other artists.

SAM was recently formed by Renshaw, who after four years at the Firm, opted to return to his boutique management roots. SAM's current clients include the Dixie Chicks, Clay Aiken, Anastacia, Tears for Fears and country newcomer Miranda Lambert.

"I have the utmost respect for Simon and his accomplishments and knowledge," Boulware tells Billboard.biz. "It's a fantastic group of people, and I couldn't be more excited about helping build Strategic and the next chapter in my career."

Boulware spent eight years at the Firm, where she was a founding member. As a manager in the music department, she was involved in guiding the careers of the company's more established acts like Korn and Enrique Iglesias, as well as helping to break acts like Staind and Limp Bizkit.

Prior to the Firm, Boulware was at Gallin-Morey and Associates, ADA (Warner Music's independent distribution company), EMI Music Distribution and the CBS Associated record label Parc Records.