Former Zynga GM Jonathan Flesher joins Betable team

Real money gaming platform Betable today announced it had hired Jonathan Flesher as its new Executive Vice President of Business Development.

Flesher comes to Betable most recently from Zynga, where he was the company’s Vice President and General Manager of Business Development. Prior to Zynga, Flesher worked at companies like JP Morgan, Electronic Arts (where he served as Senior Director of Business Development) and private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Flesher’s LinkedIn account shows he left Zynga in November 2012, part of the ongoing high-profile series of departures the casual gaming giant’s seen over the past couple of months.

Since Betable came out of stealth in July 2012, the company’s generated a great deal of interest from the development community because of the extra potential revenue stream its API represents. As a result, we’re told several thousand characters have signed up to take part in Betable’s private beta program, but Betable’s announced partnerships with Slingo, Digital Chocolate, SGN, Murka, and Big Fish. Although Betable is based in San Francisco, its servers are in the United Kingdom, which allows the API to add real money gaming to titles in any country that allow online gambling.

Betable hasn’t revealed how many games are using its API, but we’re told the early results are exceeding the company’s expectations.